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While everyone is talking about 1st April, it's worth remembering that there are in fact different deadlines for readiness depending on when a client's first VAT Return under the MTD service is due. This means if you're still scrambling, you can prioritise your efforts using this table as a guide:

VAT Return frequency
Digital records must be kept from
First VAT period for MTD purposes
First VAT return to be submitted using the MTD service due by
1st Apr 2019
Month ended 30th Apr 2019
7th Jun 2019
Quarterly for periods ending in Jun, Sep, Dec & Mar
1st Apr 2019
Quarter ended 30th Jun 2019
7th Aug 2019
Quarterly for periods ending in Jul, Oct, Jan & Apr
1st May 2019
Quarter ended 31st Jul 2019
7th Sep 2019
Quarterly for periods ending in Aug, Nov, Feb & May
1st Jun 2019
Quarter ended 31st Aug 2019
7th Oct 2019

There is absolutely no need to panic as there is still time, provided you get organised. If you don't, nothing is going to help!


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