Step by Step Guide to Using Making Tax Digital enabled Software to Submit Your VAT Returns

What you will need:

  • Your Government Gateway user ID and password.
  • The VAT number of the business that is signing up.

Step by Step Guide:

  1. Go to the Government Website ( and type into the search bar – “Use Software to Submit Your VAT Returns”.
  2. Sign in using your Government Gateway credentials – these are the same as the ones you use when submitting your VAT Return online.
  3. You will then be asked a few questions about your business.
  4. For Sole traders-you will be asked your Date of Birth and National Insurance Number.
  5. For Limited Companies– you will be asked your Company Number and Corporation Tax Reference.
  6. Agree to receive emails and go paperless.
  7. You will need to provide the preferred email address that you would like HMRC to contact you on.
  8. You will then receive an email from HMRC to verify the address. Please ensure you respond immediately.
  9. During the pilot period, you will need to confirm that you are ready to take part.
  10. Once you are ready, log into your particular software of choice and follow the instructions.

What Happens Next?

HMRC will send you a confirmation email within 72 hours of signing up.  Do not send a VAT Return until you receive this confirmation email.

PLEASE NOTE – You cannot sign up 15 working days leading up to or 5 working days after sending a VAT Return if paying by Direct Debit.

Useful Guidance


With QuickBooks being our preferred software option, here is a further step by step guide on how to set up Making Tax Digital on QuickBooks.

How to set up MTD on QuickBooks:

  • Log into your account.
  • Go to Taxes (where you would normally submit your VAT Return).
  • Top right hand side press the green “set up now” button.
  • Assuming you have carried out the above steps, you can click “yes”.
  • Press the green “Turn on MTD” button.


If you have any further queries, please contact Priya Raja-Motala on 01923 224411 or at