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VAT Payment Dates

Has the 3 days grace disappeared?

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Filing the first Vat Return for a new client on HMRC (I'm still manually typing the numbers into the 9 boxes while I can!), and on successfully submitting the return noticed the following:

Any tax due must be paid electronically and received by HM Revenue & Customs by 07 Jan 2019. Payment should be made electronically, by Bankers Automated Clearing Services (BACS), Bank Giro Credit Transfer or by Clearing House Automated Payment System (CHAPS). You must use the VAT Registration number as a reference on your payment. Sort code, Account number and Account Name can be found on the HMRC web site.

This seems to imply that the traditional 3 days grace (i.e. payment by 10/01/2019) has disappeared.  Anybody else noticed this?



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By lionofludesch
07th Jan 2019 12:38


The "three days' grace" is only for Direct Debits.

Unchanged for donkey's years so you've been lucky if you've managed to avoid noticing it.

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By Wanderer
07th Jan 2019 12:39

3 days extra is only if they have d/d.

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Pile of Stones
By Beach Accountancy
07th Jan 2019 12:54

Thanks - obviously I have been doing it wrong for years (including in industry) and HMRC have never noticed / bothered to tell me.

Off to break the bad news to the client!

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By memyself-eye
07th Jan 2019 14:50

tell the client that he/she actually has one month and seven days grace!

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