HMRC changes stance on filing VAT returns online

Telephone filing for VAT returns can now be approved as an alternative for businesses that can prove to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) they cannot file them online. In addition, paper filing will also be provided as an alternative for businesses who can demonstrate to HMRC that it’s not ‘reasonably practicable’ for them to file online. The changes were outlined as:

  • Enabling HMRC to approve telephone filing as an alternative method of electronic filing for use by businesses that satisfy HMRC that it is not reasonably practicable for them to use the current method of online filing
  • Providing an additional exemption from electronic filing for businesses that satisfy HMRC that it is not reasonably practicable for them to use an online channel with the result that such businesses will be able to file on paper

The changes stem from appeals against the requirement to file online, which came into effect from 1 April 2012. If you think these changes may affect you, and you’re a small to medium size business in Brentwood, Billericay, Ongar, Shenfield or the surrounding areas, contact us now with any questions you may have.

Source:, 29/07/2014

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