VAT registered business are not required to make VAT payments that are due from 20 March 2020 to 30 June 2020.

This relief is automatic: it does not need to be claimed.

Your VAT liability and payment is not cancelled, it is deferred. Any VAT liability will need to be settled by the end of the 2020/21 tax year.

VAT refunds and reclaims are not affected.

This deferral measure will apply to VAT payments due for the VAT quarters:

  • 29 February 2020: normal payment deadline 7 April.
  • 31 March 2020: normal payment deadline 7 May.
  • 30 April 2020: normal payment deadline 7 June.

Direct debits

If you pay your VAT by direct debit you must cancel the direct debit with your bank, if you wish to defer payment.

HMRC do not appear to be able to automatically stop collection of VAT by direct debit. HMRC say, “Please do so in sufficient time so that HMRC do not attempt to automatically collect on receipt of your VAT return”.

If you have any queries please contact your Champion advisor, or your local Champion office.