If you submit VAT Returns for a limited company, or if you’re a sole trader, you may be able to join Making Tax Digital for VAT and submit your MTD VAT return Via Clear Books. 


It’s best to sign up for MTD for VAT at the start of your VAT period.  In the case of any stumbling blocks, you’ll have plenty of time to get things sorted.

Steps to get ready for MTD VAT


Outlined below are the steps you need to take to be able to submit MTD VAT returns with links to our specific guides on how to complete these steps in detail. 


1. Toggle on the MTD VAT submissions. 


2. Run through the MTD Onboarding wizard.


2.1 This will include setting up your Government Gateway ID if you don't already have it.


2.2 It will also include signing up to MTD.

Paying by Direct Debit? Don’t miss the date


Customers paying their VAT bills by direct debit need to sign up around 3 weeks before their payment due date, this is to allow time for the legal notices associated with the change to be sent.


2.3 You must also Authorise Clear Books as your software for submitting MTD VAT returns (Step 5 of the MTD Onboarding wizard). 


3. Submit an MTD VAT return.