VAT Deferral

Below is advice from AGA Accountants regarding further government help with paying your VAT.

VAT Payments Update – Cancel your direct debit with the bank

As part of the government’s overall support for business, VAT payments due before 30 June 2020 will not now need to be made until end of the tax year 2020/2021, i.e. 5th April 2021.

The payment for the quarters ending February 2020, March 2020 and April 2020 all falls within this time frame and therefore you do not have to make the payments if you choose not to so.

All UK business are eligible. This is an automatic offer and no application is required.

Your VAT Returns need to be submitted as per usual and you will be familiar that once the VAT Return is submitted, HMRC will attempt to collect the liability via direct debit if you have this in place. Therefore, it is our recommendation that you cancel the direct debit and conserve the cash.

Businesses that have a direct debit mandate in place to pay their VAT and wish to defer payment will need to contact their bank directly and give instructions. This needs to be done before the direct debit is due to be collected. Businesses will also need to remember to reinstate their direct debit mandate once the deferral is over. Agents cannot set up direct debit mandates on behalf of taxpayers.

Of course, the VAT liability will have be paid in a year’s time but at least it buys you time to plan.

Contact AGA Accountants on 0203 389 9588 to find out more and how we can help.

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