VAT - 10.02.2021

Deferred VAT - what’s the latest?

HMRC has published new guidance for businesses that used its VAT deferral scheme in 2020. The guidance relates to any additional VAT resulting from changes to your returns. What do you need to know?

VAT deferral. HMRC’s deferral scheme allowed businesses to delay payment, interest free, of their VAT bills due between March and 31 May 2020 until 31 March 2021. The payment deadline was later extended to 31 March 2022, but to take advantage of this you must opt into the scheme that will soon be available via your HMRC VAT account. New guidance explains the steps you need to take if you correct an error in a return for which you deferred VAT which increases the amount payable.

Correcting errors. HMRC says you should first complete a FormVAT652 giving details of the error and send it to the “VAT Error Correction Team” (see The next step ). After HMRC has processed it and you’ve received a statement of account confirming the new VAT balance you can ask HMRC’s COVID-19 helpline (see The next step ) to add the extra to the deferred amount.

Payment deadline. You can pay the deferred VAT including the additional amount resulting from the error correction by 31 March 2021 or, as mentioned earlier, opt into a new deferral scheme, which means you won’t have to pay what you owe until 31 March 2022. Trap. If you made a correction and received a statement of account reflecting it on or before 29 January 2021 you might not be allowed to include the additional VAT in the new VAT deferral scheme . Instead, the amount of the increase must be paid by 31 March 2021. However, you can ask by contacting HMRC’s COVID-19 helpline. You’re still allowed to use the new VAT deferral scheme for the original amount.

HMRC assessment. HMRC increases the VAT you must pay for a period for which you deferred payment, the same rules apply to the additional tax payable, i.e. you can defer it until 31 March 2022 unless the tax was increased prior to 29 January 2021.

For information about correcting VAT including HMRC contact details and HMRC’s helpline details, visit , Download Zone, year 21, issue 09.
If you correct your VAT bill which you deferred under HMRC’s 2020 scheme, and it increases the amount payable, you can defer the increased amount too. To do this you must contact HMRC’s COVID-19 helpline.

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