How frequently do I need to submit VAT returns?

Most businesses will be set up to file quarterly VAT returns. This is most common and we would usually look to align this with your business year-end to keep things as simple as possible. 

The deadline to file a return and pay the VAT over to HMRC is 1 month and 7 days after the VAT period ends. If a VAT quarter ends on the 31st March for example, this has to be filed and paid by the 7th May. Some businesses however may elect to set up for monthly VAT returns – this would typically be the case where your business regularly receives a refund which will end up helping your business cash flow.

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