Vat deferral period ends soon

During the Covid 19 pandemic, HMRC has allowed VAT registered businesses to defer the payment of any VAT which fell due between 20th March and 30th June without incurring any interest or penalties.

This period is now almost at an end and VAT due for periods ended on 31st May will need to be paid on time by 7th July.

If you have deferred the payment of VAT during this time and normally pay by Direct Debit, you will need to reinstate your DD instruction. This should be done at least 3 working days before submitting your VAT return to allow HMRC to take the payment.

Any outstanding VAT which has been deferred during this period should be cleared in full by 31st March 2021. You can make ad hoc payments or additional payments with your subsequent VAT returns to reduce the amount outstanding, if you wish.

If you are unable to pay the VAT due and need additional time to pay, please contact HMRC before the payment is due.

For help go to GOV.UK and search for ‘If you cannot pay your tax bill on time’, or call 0300 200 3835. If you do call, please quote ‘V1’.

For more information on the VAT deferral please see HMRC’s website here: 

For advice and information on other support available, please go to GOV.UK and search ‘Business support’


Alison Unsworth Expert
Alison Unsworth


Integrity is at the forefront of everything we do as we apply the strongest ethical and moral rigour across how we work and assist our clients.

At NR Barton we understand the importance of trust and through our integrity we make sure this underpins absolutely everything we do.

We like to do the best for our clients and this isn’t always easy. We aren’t afraid to use our integrity to confront difficult situations. We firmly believe that acting with our utmost integrity those difficult conversations will help to build our trust with our clients. Sometimes the difficult option is the best.

It is also our integrity that has helped us to build a strong local relationship in our market place and the thrive as a business for the last seventy years.

We’re here for the long term and our integrity will help us to achieve that.