If you deferred your VAT payments between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you may be concerned what you need to do now, especially if your business circumstances are still challenging, and you’re worried you may not be able to pay.

The good news is you have three options if you deferred your VAT payments. You can:

  • Pay the deferred VAT in full on or before 31 March 2021
  • Opt-in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme when it launches (23rd February to 21st June 2021)
  • Contact HMRC if you need further help to pay

VAT deferral payment scheme

Instead of paying the full amount on 31 March 2021, you can choose to make up to 11 smaller monthly instalments, interest free. All instalments must be paid by the end of March 2022.

To be eligible for this scheme, you must:

  • Still have deferred VAT to pay
  • Be up to date with your VAT returns
  • Opt-in before the end of March 2021
  • Pay the first instalment before the end of March 2021
  • Be able to pay the deferred VAT by Direct Debit

If you opt-in to the scheme, you can still have a time to pay arrangement for other HMRC debts and outstanding tax.

Get ready to opt in

The new VAT deferral payment scheme opens on 23rd February (to 21st June 2021). In order to opt in you must:

  • Create your own Government Gateway account if you don’t already have one
  • Submit any outstanding VAT returns from the last 4 years. You will not be able to join the scheme if you have not done so
  • Correct errors on your VAT returns as soon as possible. Corrections received after 31 December 2020 may not show in your deferred VAT balance
  • Make sure you know how much you owe, including the amount you originally deferred and how much you may have already paid
  • Pay what you can as soon as possible to allow us to show the correct deferred VAT balance
  • Consider the number of equal instalments you’ll need, from 2 to 11 months

Implications if you cannot make payments

If you pay late or cannot make payments, you will be charged interest and may receive a penalty. To potentially avoid penalties, you need to contact HMRC as soon as possible. Head over to the Gov website to read your options if you cannot make payments.

Other cash flow solutions

Besides deferring your VAT, there are other measures to help if you are having cash flow difficulties:

We cannot set up the VAT deferral plan for you, but we can support you in making a decision of whether to opt-in and discuss your options if you have further cash flow concerns.

Contact your Principal Adviser or get in touch with one of our advisers by emailing enquiries@a4g-llp.co.uk or calling 01474 853 856.

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