How to Pay Your VAT to HMRC

It is your responsibility to make sure that your VAT payment reaches HMRC by the payment deadline.

There are a number of ways HMRC will accept your VAT payment.

Immediate Payments can be made by:

  • Online Banking;
  • Telephone banking;
  • CHAPS.

Here are the HMRC VAT Bank Account Details to make your payment:

Sort codeAccount numberAccount name
08 32 0011963155HMRC VAT

Remember to use your 9 Digit VAT Number as your payment reference so HMRC can allocate it correctly.

Other ways you can pay are below, but these typically take up to 3 days to clear, so you need to make sure you leave enough time for the money to reach HMRC for the VAT deadline:

  • Direct debit (but you must have your direct debit set up 7 days before your VAT payment deadline);
  • Debit card;
  • At your bank or building society.

New Here? Learn how to set up the financial side of your business with these easy to understand guides and resources:

  • Sole Trader or Limited Company? – Download my free calculator to check which business structure would help you to pay less tax;
  • Tax Records and Bookkeeping – Understand what tax records you’ll need to keep and how to set up your own bookkeeping system;
  • Self Employment Taxes Explained – Learn what taxes you’ll pay, how much and when;
  • VAT Guides – From registration to de-registration, VAT schemes and thresholds, these guides will take you through the basics every UK small business owner needs to know;
  • Invoice Template – Free template and step-by-step guide so you can get paid by your clients.
Anita Forrest
About Anita Forrest

Anita Forrest is a Chartered Accountant, spreadsheet geek, money nerd and creator of - the UK small business finance blog for the self-employed community. Here she shares simple, straight-forward guides to make self-employment topics like taxes, bookkeeping and banking easy to understand.