Making Tax Digital (MTD) - For Agents

Our Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer for Agents provides a solution to assist in electronicaly filing your clients' 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 single users (not acting as an agent) our standard version is available here.

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

Our Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer for Agents tool simulates entry of the VAT data that used to be possible from the Government Gateway VAT entry form.

Although MTD requires a digital link between VAT software and a submission tool it is permissible to use a 'copy and paste' method during the 'Soft Landing' period.

The Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer for Agents application provides both copy and paste as well as CSV import functionality, 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.

For more information on Soft Landing, please see the HMRC website. Section, details the Soft Landing periods.

In subsquent revisions of the application, after the end of the soft landing period, the ablilty to manually enter your figures may be removed.

Download and licensing

Whilst the Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer for Agents application is available for download free of charge, it is necessary to purchase licenses for each company that you submit VAT returns on behalf of, for example:

If you are an agent for five companies, you would need to purchase a single license (£35) plus four additional licenses (£10 each), giving a total of £75 + VAT.

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

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

Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer Single License for AgentsSimple-MTD-VAT-Filer Single License for AgentsGBP 35.00
(42.00 inc. VAT)

Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer Additional License for AgentsSimple-MTD-VAT-Filer Additional License for AgentsGBP 10.00
(12.00 inc. VAT)

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The Single License for Agents enables you to submit a VAT Return for one client company. Additional client companies are charged separately. Please contact us to let us know your requirements and we will raise a request for payment via PayPal before issuing your license.

When payment has been received, your license will be issued via the e-mail address supplied, within 72 hours. Note, it is important that you provide the correct e-mail address and client company VAT Registration Numbers (VRN) to use the software. If you wish to change a 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 for Agents, there are no further payments or subscriptions required for this application unless you wish to add additional client companies to your license.

No data will be stored by Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer for Agents. You interact directly with HMRC to grant authorisation.

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

Installation Instructions

Download the Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer for Agents Application (Simple-MTD-VAT-Filer-For-Agents-Setup.exe)

Double click the downloaded .exe 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 'I agree to the license terms and conditions' to accept and install necessary Microsoft components, then click the 'Install' button.

After a short while the Microsoft components should have installed successfully. Depending on what components were already installed on your computer, you may be prompted to restart your computer before continuing. Either way, click 'Close' to continue with the installation.

Click the 'Close' button when the installation has completed. Again, you may be asked to restart your computer before you can use the software, which is now OK to do so.

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 reference 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 'For Agents' 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).

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.

Select the required company from the drop down list.

Click the 'Get Obligations for Selected Company' button to automatically retrieve any open obligations from HMRC for the selected company.

From the drop down select the period you wish to complete the return for and click the 'Enter VAT Return Figures' button.

You can either manually enter your VAT return figures or import them from a csv (comma separated) file.


Enter your figures into the form and click 'Continue' when done.


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 figures separated by a comma, space, or the pipe (|) character; or nine rows containing one figure corresponding with your VAT return boxes.)

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 edit your figures, or accept the delcaration (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.