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From 1 April 2010 you will have to submit your VAT Returns online and pay any VAT due electronically if either of the following applies:

  • you have an annual turnover of £100,000 or more (exclusive of VAT)

  • you register or should have registered for VAT on or after 1 April 2010 (regardless of your turnover)

If you fall into either of the groups mentioned above, you will have to file all your VAT Returns online - including nil and repayment returns - even if your turnover drops below £100,000 in the future.

If your turnover is less than £100,000

You currently don't have to submit your VAT Return online and pay VAT electronically if you registered for VAT before 1 April 2010 and your turnover stays below £100,000.

However, you should note that it's likely that all VAT-registered businesses will have to file their returns online and pay electronically by 2012, at the latest.

So you might want to switch to using the online service sooner - it will save you time and, in most cases, will give you extra days to submit your return and pay the VAT due.

Submitting your VAT Return online

The online VAT Return is very similar to the paper version and there has been no change to the rules on how you complete your return or how you calculate VAT.


Also, you won't have to change your existing record keeping system - you can still keep your records on paper if you prefer.


Signing up to do your VAT online is straightforward and you don't have to be a computer expert to be able to file your VAT Return online.


You don't need to have the latest hi-tech computer or have broadband. VAT online services are designed to work well with a dial-up connection.


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