Deferring VAT

Important Update: Businesses who previously deferred their VAT payment will no longer have to pay a lump sum on 31 March 2021. They will have the option of splitting it into smaller, interest-free payments over the course of 11 months. Further information on this VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme is expected to be published in due course.

VAT payments normally due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 do not need to be paid until 31 March 2021. Assuming quarterly VAT returns this will cover:

  • Q/E 29/02/20 usually due 07/04/20 now due 31/03/21 – so effectively a 12-month interest free loan of your quarterly VAT liability
  • Q/E 31/03/20 usually due 07/05/20 now due 31/03/21 – so effectively an 11-month interest free loan of your quarterly VAT liability
  • Q/E 30/04/20 usually due 07/06/20 now due 31/03/21 – so effectively a 10-month interest free loan of your quarterly VAT liability
  • No application needs to be made to defer the payment. If you usually pay by direct debit then this needs to be cancelled with your bank well in advance of your usual payment date.

    Please note that VAT returns still need to be filed as normal by the usual deadlines. Also, if your business’ VAT return shows a VAT repayment then this will still be paid following the normal timescales.

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