VAT Signup Periods – Making Tax Digital

With only a few days to go before the commencement of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV) many businesses may still be uncertain about when they should be registering and from which VAT return period the new rules will apply.

The key point to remember is not to sign up too early. If you’re responsible for submitting your VAT returns and you do not rely on an agent to do this for you, then signing up too early means you will join the pilot scheme prior to MTDfV coming into effect.


Additionally, once signed up you will not be able to submit your non-MTD VAT return via the usual method, i.e. using your current Government Gateway credentials.


– Vicki Longmore MICB, MD Starbooks Ltd

To assist you to establish when you need to register for MTD see the table below:

Quarter end datesLast non-MTD submission covers period endedLast non-MTD return submission deadlineSignup to MTD betweenFirst MTD return submission deadline
31 March

30 June

30 September

31 December

31 March 20197 May 201915 May 2019


16 July 2019

7 August 2019
30 April

31 July

31 October

31 January

30 April 20197 June 201917 June 2019


16 August 2019

7 September 2019
28 February

31 May

31 August

30 November

31 May 20197 July 201915 July 2019


15 September 2019

7 October 2019

How Can Starbooks Help Businesses Prepare for MTDfV?

We can help you in the follow ways if you act now:

  • We can determine whether you will require bridging software to convert your spreadsheet data.
  • We can speak to your accounting software provider to establish if you are required to upgrade your accounting package, and if so, at what additional costs.
  • We can help you to consider migrating your accounts data to the cloud. There are several cloud accounting options available to choose from.

For a limited time only* we are offering a standard Xero Subscription (fully MTDfV ready) FREE for 6 months when signing up to our Bookkeeping services. Please get in touch for further details.

*Offer ends 30/04/2019



Need Help Preparing for MTD?

Making Tax Digital is effective for VAT from April 2019

Whether you’re already using accounting software or still using manual accounting methods, Starbooks Ltd have the expertise to assist your business in its preparations for Making Tax Digital compliance.