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VAT Filer

Enhanced MTD bridging software.

From £75.00

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Simplicity and flexibility with the future built-in

Packed with enhancements and fully-equipped for the MTD for VAT switch-on in April,
TaxCalc VAT Filer delivers five major benefits:

  • Bridges the gap between your clients’ digital bookkeeping records and your VAT return for submissions to HMRC’s MTD service.
  • Quickly and easily imports VAT data from an Excel spreadsheet via a digital link, including CSVs exported from third party software.
  • Provides the flexibility to file through BOTH the Government Gateway and MTD for VAT services (when the service goes live).
  • Stores all your VAT data in one place, including source data, adjustments and supporting documentation.
  • Offers the facility to submit final VAT information digitally and retrieve information back from HMRC via the MTD service for your single source of truth for VAT data.
VAT Filer

Designed for complete ease of use and created as ever to TaxCalc’s rigorous standards, VAT Filer is simply the most effective way to bridge the gap between your clients’ digital records, efficiently prepare VAT returns and be fully ready for MTD.

The best of both worlds

VAT Filer supports multi-service VAT return submissions. So whether you need to file using the
Government Gateway or through the MTD for VAT service, you can do so.

HMRC and MTD VAT returns

Continue to enter VAT data directly into the software and file VAT Returns via the Government Gateway in the build up to MTD for VAT (and beyond for clients below the VAT threshold who voluntarily opt in to VAT).

Seamlessly switch to filing via the MTD for VAT service from 1st April 2019 (or as part of the MTD for VAT Pilot).

With VAT Filer you can

  • Import VAT data from Excel or a CSV into a VAT return using our smart and simple on-screen cell selector.
  • Utilise useful VAT adjustment wizards - such as Fuel Scale Charge, Bad Debt Relief, Previous Return Correction and more.
  • Add attachments to support the completion of a VAT return.
  • Generate reports to review your adjustments and Final VAT return before submission.
  • Submit EC Sales Lists and complete additional VAT Forms using our HMRC Forms module.
  • Gain additional peace of mind using our intelligent validation tool, Check and Finish.

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See how simple it is to make an MTD-compatible VAT return.

Price freeze

Prepare for MTD. Buy Vat Filer now and get a fantastic MTD-ready product for 2018 prices.

From £75.00
Prices (frozen until April 2019)

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In April 2019, businesses with turnover over £85,000 will have to keep their records digitally (for VAT purposes only) and provide their VAT return information to HMRC through MTD- compatible software. MTD will also be available on a voluntary basis to other businesses, for both VAT and Income Tax. Businesses with turnover under the £85,000 threshold can continue to submit VAT returns using VAT Filer and the current Government Gateway method.

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To talk to us about your practice software needs. Call our Sales Team today on:

0345 5190 883

Lines are open Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 5.00pm and 9am - 5pm Friday, excluding UK Bank holidays.

Help is always on hand

We aim to make our software as easy to use as possible but for those times when you need us, you can be sure we're there. Our support is unlimited and provided at no extra charge.

And in January, when our customers need us the most, we extend our support capacity and hours more than anyone else. Our established team have both academic and practical accountancy experience, so you know that whatever your problem, we can find a solution.


Just like all our products MTD VAT Filer is simple and intuitive to use and packed with user-friendly features
to speed you through your VAT returns.


VAT Filer supports your MTD obligations for keeping digital records and exchanging data digitally with HMRC through the MTD service.

Spreadsheet import

Quickly and easily import spreadsheets from Excel, or any CSV into VAT Returns (as required by MTD) using an on-screen cell selector.

Adjustment wizards

Calculate and digitally record adjustments to your VAT Return (as required by MTD) using our smart and simple adjustment wizards.

Attach supporting data

Keep an electronic copy of your supporting documents within easy reach by adding attachments directly against VAT Returns.

Auto create VAT obligations (periods)

Reduce errors and automatically create VAT periods by retrieving VAT obligations directly from HMRC (as required by MTD).

View previous VAT returns

Build a picture of your clients’ VAT history by retrieving previous VAT returns (Submitted under MTD) directly from HMRC. Ideal for newly engaged clients.

Access VAT Payment History

Keep on top of your client's VAT position by retrieving VAT payments and liabilities directly from HMRC.

Track work with Client Hub

TaxCalc VAT Filer comes with TaxCalc Client Hub, our built-in Practice Management software.

Use TaxCalc Client Hub to monitor due dates, create tasks and track the progress of VAT return jobs through your practice.

Additional Forms included

Save time hunting on for PDF forms by creating and printing VAT forms for clients. Available within HMRC Forms:

VAT 1 - Application for registration
VAT 7 – Application to cancel your VAT registration
VAT 68 – Request for transfer of a registration number
VAT 484 – Change of details - Variations

New: eSign VAT returns

With eSign Centre, your clients can now electronically approve VAT returns in a few simple clicks, saving both you and them time messing around with paper and the post office.

System requirements:

An internet connection is needed in order to license your product and to file online to HMRC.

Minimum screen resolution: 1024 × 768

Server installation:

  • One of the following versions of Windows:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
    • Microsoft Windows 10
    • Microsoft Windows 8.1
    • Microsoft Windows 8
    • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Appropriate hardware to run the above operating system
  • Adobe Reader version 9.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (for export to Word and Excel)

Standalone/client installation:


  • One of the following versions of Windows:
    • Microsoft Windows 10
    • Microsoft Windows 8.1
    • Microsoft Windows 8
    • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Appropriate hardware to run the above operating system
  • Adobe Reader version 9.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (for export to Word and Excel)


  • Intel Macintosh running Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (for export to Word and Excel)


  • 64 bit kernel 3.10 (or higher), Debian (e.g. Ubuntu) or Redhat distributions
  • GUI
  • Office productivity software (for Word and Excel exports)

TaxCalc in action

We pride ourselves on delivering high quality and easy to use software. Please click on a screenshot below to
see how you use TaxCalc and see how easy it is to complete your VAT return.

Main TaxCalc Launcher screen.

All your VAT Returns can be easily accessed and their online status determined, all on one screen.

VAT Returns are very easy to complete.


Use the import routine to quickly import VAT source data from a spreadsheet.

Use the adjustments page to easily add any adjustments that may be required to the source data.

Submission of VAT Returns to HMRC is straight forward and completed with a few button clicks.

Frequently asked questions

The questions below provide immediate answers to many aspects of TaxCalc VAT Filer.
If you have any further questions, please call 0345 5190 882 or email

Can you use VAT Filer to submit VAT Returns via the Making Tax Digital (MTD) Services?

TaxCalc is MTD-ready and VAT Returns can be submitted using the MTD Service. To be able to do this as an agent, you will need to have an Agent Services Account and ensure that the business is subscribed to the MTD Services account. You will also need authorisation in place to act for the business as an agent for VAT Services.

For a business to be able to submit VAT Returns without the assistance of an Agent, you will need to sign up for the MTD Services using your current Government Gateway credentials.

Can you use VAT Filer to submit VAT Returns via the Government Gateway portal?

VAT Filer has and will continue to have the capability of submitting VAT Returns via the current Government Gateway portal. This requires government gateway credentials and, for agents, authorisation to act on behalf of the business for VAT Services.

Can I import data directly from my bookkeeping software?

At the moment, VAT Filer doesn’t have the ability to import bookkeeping data using third party APIs due to these not being available. However, you can export the data from your bookkeeping package and use our import routine to feed this information into VAT Filer.

Can I import data from any spreadsheet?

VAT Filer has the ability to quickly and effortlessly import data from spreadsheets via our software bridging solution. With a few button clicks, boxes from the VAT Return can be mapped to your spreadsheet and imported into the VAT data screens so you can start the process of completing your VAT Return.

Can I add supporting documentation to my VAT Returns?

Supporting documentation can be added to a VAT Return via our ‘Attachments’ page. Please note that the documentation added is for your reference purposes only and will not be sent to HMRC with your VAT Return.

Can I produce EC Sales Lists using VAT Filer?

EC Sales Lists can be produced and submitted to HMRC using VAT Filer.

Is TaxCalc included on HMRC’s software suppliers list for VAT?

Yes. We're included on HMRC’s software supplier’s list as Acorah Software Products Ltd (TaxCalc).

Choose your TaxCalc

Please select from the options below to build your TaxCalc VAT Return Production order.
Prepare and file online VAT returns and EC sales lists for an unlimited number of clients.

Comes with two concurrent users as standard.
Small Practice 50£150.00
Prepare and file online VAT returns and EC sales lists for up to 50 clients.

Comes with two concurrent users as standard.
Micro Practice 12£75.00
Prepare and file online VAT returns and EC sales lists for up to 12 clients.

Additional User£110.00
Encrypted PDF£25.00
Password protect VAT returns for emailing to your clients. Note that this add-on is not available for Mac users.
Encrypted PDF£20.00
Password protect VAT returns for emailing to your clients. Note that this add-on is not available for Mac users.
Encrypted PDF£15.00
Password protect VAT returns for emailing to your clients. Note that this add-on is not available for Mac users.

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