VAT Returns


You usually submit a VAT Return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) every 3 months. This period of time is known as your 'accounting period.'

The VAT Return records things for the accounting period like:

  • your total sales and purchases
  • the amount of VAT you owe
  • the amount of VAT you can reclaim
  • what your VAT refund from HMRC is

You must submit a VAT Return even if you have no VAT to pay or reclaim.

Sign up to get a reminder when your VAT Return is due.

Log in to your online account to add your email address by following the link next to 'VAT messages'.

You have to submit a final VAT Return when you cancel your VAT registration. You can usually do this online using your VAT online account.

HMRC will send you a paper version to complete if your registration is cancelled because you're insolvent.