How do I enrol for VAT online services?

This is a freeview 'At a glance' guide.

Setting yourself up as an online VAT agent

Note: you must be VAT registered already otherwise “no can do”.

Within 7 days of enrolment you will also receive an Activation Code by post to finalise your VAT for Agents enrolment. This completes the Agent’s part in the enrolment.

Getting your client to appoint you as VAT agent

Note: your client must be VAT registered already otherwise “no can do”.

The applicant will be given their own User ID and Password, but unlike the Agent do not require an Activation Code to use the online returns service.

The Agent can then be appointed immediately, as follows:

The Agent will now be able to submit for the client through ‘VAT Online’ on the HMRC website, using their Agent account.

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