How to Sign up to Making Tax Digital – The Pilot Scheme


To start filing VAT returns under MTD, you will need to opt-in via your government gateway account.

VAT returns will not be filed under MTD where a business has not opted in.

How to opt in and join the HMRC Pilot Scheme

  1. Login to your government gateway account:
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  2. The following page will then appear, click the link ‘Find out more about Making Tax Digital for VAT’:
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  3. Next click ‘Sign up for the pilot’:
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  4. Click the ‘sign up for the pilot’ link:
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  5. Confirm that you have accounting software for managing your VAT records:
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  6. Confirm that your software is ready to submit VAT returns to HMRC under Making Tax Digital:
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  7. Confirm whether you have more than one VAT registered business. Next you will need to enter your business type and your businesses details:
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  8. Enter your email address:
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  9. Finally agree to the terms of participation:
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  10. HMRC will receive your confirmation with 72 hours and all being well you’ll be on the pilot scheme:
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