Businesses who fail to comply face stiff penalties. To avoid last minute panics and missed deadlines, HM Revenue & Customs recommends you go online now! As a first step, you will need to register and enroll for 'VAT Online'. You can view a demonstration of how to do this on the HM Revenue & Customs website. Once enrolled, you'll be able to file your VAT return immediately - provided one is due of course!
When you file online you must pay any VAT due electronically. HM Revenue & Customs has approved the following payment methods:
- Direct Debit;
- Internet or telephone banking;
- BACS Direct Credit;
- Billpay using a debit or credit card over the Internet;
- CHAPS transfer; or
- Bank Giro credit transfer (for payments by cash or cheque at a bank or building society).
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VAT related entries:
- VAT Rate Will Return To 17.5% From January 1, 2010 (FindLaw - August 25, 2009): discusses recent return to and rationale for 17.5% VAT rate.
- UK VAT Rate: Government Announces 15% Rate Will Extend Into 2010 (FindLaw - November 4, 2009): deals with short extension of 15% rate into 2010 for a limited range of businesses.
- VAT Returns: Businesses Prepare For Major Filing Changes In 2010 (FindLaw - December 3, 2009): discusses upcoming change to filing returns online.
- Pre-Budget Report 2009: Key Tax & Benefits Provisions (FindLaw - December 11, 2009): highlights major tax & benefits provisions in the 2009 PBR.
- VAT Rate May Increase To 20% In 2010 (FindLaw - November 20, 2009): discusses potential increase in VAT to 20% to pay off the budget deficit.
- UK VAT Rate Rumours Rumble On (FindLaw - January 14, 2009): provides update on increasing VAT to 20%.
- Tax Payment Interest Rates Set To Rise (FindLaw - September 22, 2009): documents the increase in the interest rate charged on late payments of tax and paid on overpayments of tax.
- UK Businesses Given More Time To Pay Taxes (FindLaw - August 18, 2009): discusses the Business Payment Support Service and how it helps struggling businesses pay tax.
- FindLaw Tax Law Blogs Archive: archive of the fifteen most recent tax law blog entries.