Air Passenger Duty (APD) annual accounting

HMRC Reference:Notice 552 (March 2013) View Change History


This notice is new.

1. Introduction

1.1 What is this notice about?

This notice gives information and guidance on air passenger duty (APD) annual returns and payments.

APD is a duty of Excise which is levied on the carriage, from a UK airport, of chargeable passengers on chargeable aircraft. APD came into effect on 1 November 1994.

The APD2 return form must be submitted periodically by registered persons as a declaration to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) of the APD due from them. Accounting periods are normally monthly.

In order to reduce the administrative burdens on small businesses, the option of submitting a single return and one payment of duty due every 12 months is available to businesses with an annual APD liability not exceeding £500,000.

If you fail to submit your APD return by the due date an assessment of APD due for the period the missing return covers will be issued. (See notice 550 for more information about assessments.)

2. Annual returns

2.1 What is an annual return?

You may apply for authorisation to submit annual returns if:

  • you have reasonable grounds for believing that the amount of duty to be paid by you, in the 12 months from the date of your registration will not exceed £500,000; and
  • you have not, in the 12 months preceding the date of your application, ceased to make annual returns.

Each year you or your fiscal/admin representative will receive an APD return (form APD2). This will cover a period of one calendar year from 01 April to 31 March. You should complete the return in accordance with the notes with the form and send it to the address shown. We must receive the return no later than the date shown on the front of the return. This will normally be the 22nd day of April. When the 22nd falls on a weekend or bank holiday the return must reach us by the last working day prior to this.

2.3 How do I apply for annual returns?

If you wish to make annual returns please write to:

APD Central Assurance Team (CAT)
1 Park Road

providing details of:

  • your expected liability for the next year, if applying for a first registration,
  • If an existing registered trader:
    the date of your registration
    your registration number
    your liability for the past 12 returns (aggregated) or your expected liability for the next year if applying within the first year of registration

If your liability for the past year exceeded £500,000, please explain why you expect it to decrease in the next year.

If we authorise you to use annual accounting, you may be required to submit a return and payment for a transitional period, which will run from the start of the current accounting period in which you make your application to the first day of your first annual accounting period.

3. Further information

For information on payment methods, assessments, penalties and interest and reviews and appeals, please see notice 550.

3.1 Further assistance

Please contact the Helpline on Tel 0300 200 3700, in the first instance.

For payment queries contact the APD Central Collection Unit at the following address:

HM Revenue & Customs
The Controller
Central Collection Unit (APD)
Alexander House
21 Victoria Avenue
SS99 1AA

Phone: 01702 366558 or 01702 366364
Fax: 01702 366562

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Do you have any comments or suggestions?

If you have any comments or suggestions to make about this notice, please write to:

HM Revenue & Customs
Transport Taxes Team
100 Parliament Street

Please note this address is not for general enquiries.

For your general enquiries please phone our Helpline 0300 200 3700.

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