Timetable for Making Tax Digital for VAT - Making VAT Digital 'MVD'.

  • VAT registered business, who are trading above the £85,000 VAT registration threshold must, for VAT returns periods commencing on or after 1 April 2019, start using MVD 'functional compatible software' which is capable of directly filing the nine box VAT return with HMRC.
  • In the initital stages of MVD HMRC simply wants you to submit the nine boxes on your VAT return via your software and not by using HMRC's VAT portal.
  • Further on your software will 'talk' to HMRC and it will be used to submit transactional data.
  • For full requirements and details of penalties see our MVD subscriber guide.

Some business taxpayers are allowed to defer entry into MVD until 1 October 2019. If so you should have been already notified by HMRC:

  • Trusts
  • 'Not for profit’ organisations that are not set up as a company,
  • VAT divisions and VAT groups
  • Those public sector entities required to provide additional information on their VAT return (Government departments, NHS Trusts), local authorities
  • Public Listed companies (PLCs)
  • Traders based overseas
  • Those required to make payments on account
  • Annual accounting scheme users

VAT registered business who are trading below the VAT threshold may join on a voluntary basis.

Who needs to join MVD and when?

Run through all the different exclusions and the deferral conditions with our MVD tool: who has to join?

Filing exemptions and exclusions

Those who are digitally excluded by reason of age, disability, location etc. See MVD exemptions and case decisions


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