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Sage 200 - Error code 8508 when submitting VAT return

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When submitting your VAT return, you may encounter an issue where you are prompted that the submission has failed HMRC data checks. One error code you might see in this scenario is Error Code 8508 - The VRN specified was not found.


This would normally indicate that the VAT registration number held inside your Sage 200 application is incorrect, however, if this is confirmed to be correct then the likelihood is that the option to Submit as a digital record as part of Making Tax Digital has not been enabled.

For Sage 200 Standard, you can check this by going to Settings, Cash Book / Nominal Ledger then into the Nominal Ledger Settings. The tick box is on the VAT Submissions tab.

For Sage 200 Professional, go to Nominal LedgerUtilities, Ledger-Set Up then Ledger Settings. As above, the tick box is on the VAT Submissions tab.