Zero Rated VAT items

Zero-rated VAT is applied to things like food, children’s clothes, and books etc. Also if selling abroad, say to the US, your goods will be Zero-rated. If you are VAT registered, you can reclaim the VAT on your overheads and costs related to those Zero-rated sales –...

Should I register for VAT?

You must register for VAT when your turnover reaches £85,000 in any 12 month period. VAT registration must take place 30 days, following the end of the month in which the threshold was reached in which to register. From that date you must charge VAT to your customers...

What to do when you receive a VAT assessment

The reason for HMRC sending you an assessment is that you are late submitting your VAT Return. If you pay the assessment you could wait a very long time for them to correct the amount after you send in your Return, which is especially annoying if they owe you money!...

Which is best for VAT – Cash or Invoice based Accounting?  

It depends.    Cash accounting schemes – advantages for small/simple businesses:  You only account for VAT on sales in the VAT quarter in which you are paid (rather than the VAT quarter you are invoiced)  – because you pay your VAT to HMRC a bit later;  If you have...

MTD and VAT registered businesses 

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the biggest change in our tax system since Self-Assessment was introduced.  From April 2020, all businesses and landlords with annual turnover over £10,000 will have to make online quarterly submissions of key financial information to...