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The Government Gateway and VAT

8 June 2009 One Comment

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Doing things electronically – VAT on line

As a result of Government initiatives, particularly in 2007, a number of services can be accessed over the web provided that you have a Government Gateway username and password. It’s often a two tier system which relies on first having a Government Gateway account and then subscribing to other services.

Setting up a Government Gateway Account

Visit http://www.gateway.gov.uk/ and select Register.

It will take a few days to have everything in place and for confirmation to be sent to you in the post.

However, keep going for now and enroll for VAT. You’ll find it easier if you have you VAT registration certificate to hand (the form VAT4). You’ll also need the details from the last VAT return that was submitted (and processed).

These are the screens you need to work through:

If you have no “last” VAT return, because you’ve only just registered for VAT select N/A when it asks for “Month of last VAT Return period” and for Box 5 enter 0.00.

Once that is done, appoint Proactive as your agent.

Posted on 8 Jun 2009 by The Proactive Accountant Dot Com

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