Reversing Return Submitted for Incorrect Period

You may submit your VAT Return to HMRC through KashFlow but shortly after, receive an email saying there was an error to do with the period not being found like the one below:

Error Raised By: CHRIS 
Error Type: business 
Error Description: The VAT Period you have entered 2011-08 for the VRN106391433 was not found, please check and resubmit if necessary.
Error Location: HMRC

We will now stop processing this return. You can resubmit it by selecting it 
from your list of submitted VAT returns.

This message means that you tried to submit a VAT return for the wrong VAT period – most likely this would be dated to early (i.e. your submitting a return that was dated February to May when your VAT period is March to June) or you’ve already submitted a return for the period that VAT return is dated.

If you are NOT using MTD

In such a case, we suggest you contact HMRC directly to find out what VAT period they were expecting as the system only relays the information received from them.

If it is the case where you have submitted your return early and you would like to reverse it, then all you need to do to reverse this is simply delete the VAT Return by viewing it an choosing the delete button.

Then you must also delete the journal entry that was created. If you haven’t already enabled the journal area then see how to do this here.

You will then see the journal tab appear in your main menu on the left, click this, find the relevant journal and click the delete button.

If you are using MTD

With MTD it is not possible to delete a submitted VAT return, as such the advice above does not apply.

If you are using MTD to submit your returns HMRC will include the required date range on your obligations. As such making returns for the wrong period using MTD should be very uncommon. If, however, this turns out to be the wrong period you will need to contact our support team for assistance removing the return. Please contact support for assistance; [email protected].

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