HMRC has published guidance today for the new postponed VAT accounting rules for imports into the UK from EU and non-EU countries. Taxpayers do not need to apply for the scheme.
This guidance introduces the new online monthly statement and the changes to the information declared in some boxes of the VAT return, which will have consequences for how the VAT return is compiled and the format for the information submitted via MTD software:
Box 1 - Include the VAT due in this period on imports accounted for through postponed VAT accounting.
Box 4 - Include the VAT reclaimed in this period on imports accounted for through postponed VAT accounting.
Box 7 - Include the total value of all imports of goods included on your online monthly statement, excluding any VAT.
This guidance sets out the circumstances when you can, cannot, and when taxpayers must account for import VAT on the VAT return. It also touches on agents and low value consignments.