Pay your VAT bill

Person paying a VAT bill

Online VAT returns are due one month and seven days after the end of your VAT period. Payment of any VAT owed is due at the same time.

You must make sure your payment reaches HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by the deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday, your payment must reach HMRC on the last working day before your deadline. You may have to pay a surcharge if you don’t pay on time.

Your payment deadline will vary by a few days according to your method of payment. Find out your exact VAT payment deadline using the GOV.UK calculator.

Different deadlines apply to the annual accounting scheme and for larger businesses which must make payments on account.

There are several methods you can use to pay your VAT bill. You can:

You can check that your payment has been received by logging in to your online VAT account. It can take up to 48 hours for your payment to show.

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