Making Tax Digital (MTD)

Our Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer provides a solution to assist in electronicaly filing your VAT returns online as now required by HMRC under 'Making Tax Digital'.

Making Tax Digital is a key part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs.

VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold are now required to use the Making Tax Digital service to keep records digitally and use software to submit their VAT returns for VAT periods that started on or after 1 April 2019.

For Accountants and Book Keepers, our Agent version is available here.

Recognised by HMRC Small one-off license fee No subscription required Easy to install

Our Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer tool allows you to submit VAT returns digitally as is now required by HRMC.

The Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer application provides a simple CSV import facility, so assisting in the transition to MTD and keeping you moving with the minimum of disruption for a minimum of cost with a single one-off small fee and closing the digital link.

Any future updates to the application will be free to registered users.

Download and licensing

You must purchase a license to use Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer. The license enables you to submit returns for a single VAT Registraion Number (VRN).

You will need to provide the following details when purchasing a license:

  • Your Company Name
  • Contact Name
  • E-mail address
  • VAT Registration Number

Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer LicenseSimple-MTD-VAT-Filer LicenseGBP 35.00
(42.00 inc. VAT)

Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer ApplicationSimple-MTD-VAT-Filer Application
GBP 0.00cloud_download

When the purchase has completed you will receive the license via the e-mail address supplied, within 72 hours. Note, it is important that you provide the correct e-mail address and VAT Registration Number (VRN) to use the software. If you wish to change the VRN you will have to purchase a new license.

Instructions for installing the license will be contained in the e-mail. You are puchasing a 'lifetime' license for Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer, there are no further payments or subscriptions required for this application.

No data will be stored by Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer. You interact directly with HMRC to grant authorisation. See usage instructions below.

To authorise the application to obtain open VAT periods (obligations) and submit returns you will interact with HMRC via a browser, using your own Goverment Gateway credentials (and Multi Factor Authentication if configured) and copy a code presented by HMRC in to the Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer. Usage instructions are detailed in the step-by-step guide within Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer.

Installation Instructions

Download the Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer Application (Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer.msi)

Double click the downloaded .msi file.

Click 'I agree to the license terms and conditions' to accept the terms, then click the 'Install' button.

After a short time you will see the User Account Control dialog box, to continue you must click 'Yes'.

The Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer will start to install.

Click the 'Finish' button when the installation has completed.

An entry for the Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer program will be added to the Program Files menu and a shortcut will appear on your Desktop.

Usage Instructions

On initial launch after installation you will see a license error message as no license has been installed.

Click 'OK' and you will be presented with the initial screen (note no VAT Number in the title bar).

Click the 'License' menu to bring up the license entry dialog box.

Enter the license as instructed in the email as shown in the image below (sections blanked for security).

After pasting the license into the box click the 'Validate' button. You will be presented with the confirmation screen.

Click 'OK' to close the confirmation screen and again the license entry screen.

On return to the main screen you will see your VAT Number in the title bar.

license details can be viewed by clicking the icon in the top left system menu and selecting About.

The main form looks like the following:

Start by clicking the 'Start Authorisation' button (you must have internet access from here on).

If you have previously gained authorisation then you should see the 'Already Authorised' message. If this is the case then click 'OK' and select a return period to submit.

If you have not already gained authorisation, then the application will start the authorisation process with HMRC and if successful the HMRC URL will automatically be filled in.

Click the 'Copy' button. This should automatically lauch your default browser. It will also copy the URL into the clipboard so it can be manually pasted into the address bar of your browser if necessary.

When the browser opens and you will see the HMRC authorisation landing page.

Click the 'Continue' button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the HMRC log in screen.

Enter your Government Gateway user name and password (and 2 factor authentication if configured) to log in. You will the be offered the chance to grant authority to Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer

On clicking 'Grant Authority' you will be presented with a code. Click the 'Copy' button to copy the code to the clipboard.

Paste the code into the HMRC Code edit box as below and click the 'OK' button.

This will automatically retrieve any open obligations from HMRC.

From the drop down select the period you wish to complete the return for and click the 'Enter VAT Return Figures' button to import your VAT return figures from a csv (comma separated) file.

To import your figures from a csv file click the 'Import' button to bring up the File Import screen.

Click the 'Browse' button and locate your csv file to import. Click 'OK' when done and click 'Continue' to confirm your figures.

The figures in your csv file must be presented either as one row of nine numbers separated by a comma, space, or the pipe (|) character; or nine rows each containing one number corresponding with your VAT return boxes. This must be in the order as they appear on the VAT return. For example:




PLEASE NOTE: Boxes 3 and 5 will automatically calculate based on the other data in the csv file. Any discrepancies will be highlighted in red for you to check before submitting.

Once your figures have been entered, click the 'Continue' button and the confirm screen will then be displayed.

From here, check your entry and either click 'Back' to check your data and re-import your figures, or accept the declaration (check box) and click 'Submit'. The 'Submit' button will not be enabled until the check box has been ticked.

This is a legal declaration and it is your responsibility to ensure the figures are correct before submitting them to HMRC.

You will see a pop up screen with the results of the submission.

We recommend you save the receipt for your records which can be done by clicking the 'Save' button. This allows you to save the receipt in a folder of your choice. The application will automatically save a copy to a set location (C:\ProgramData\SimpleMtdVatFiler\AutoSave) in case you forget.

The 'Print' button also enables you to print a paper copy of the receipt or save a pdf if you have the capability on your PC.

When you successfully gain authorisation, an encrypted token is saved to make the process more streamlined for your next VAT return.
When you close the application or click the 'Exit' button you will be asked if you would like to delete the retained authorisation token. If you tick the box and click 'Yes' then the token will be removed and you'll need to re-authorise when you next process your VAT return. If you do not tick the box and click 'Yes' then authorisation will be retained for next time.