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Do I need to register for VAT?

Value-Added Tax (VAT) is a consumption tax that is applied to goods and services. If you're running a business, you may need to register for VAT if you exceed a certain threshold of sales. In this blog post, we'll discuss the process of VAT registration and some of the key things to keep in mind.

The first step in registering for VAT is to determine if your business is eligible. In most circumstances, businesses are required to register for VAT if their annual turnover exceeds a the current threshold of £85,000. This threshold is calculated on a 12 month rolling basis so it's important to keep track of turnover.

You can also register for VAT voluntarily which may suit your business. If you are unsure then seek professional advice.

Once you've determined that your business is eligible for VAT registration, you'll need to gather some information. This typically includes your business name, your contact details, and your bank account details. You may also need to provide information about the goods and services you sell, as well as any other relevant business information.

Once you have all of the above, you'll need to submit your VAT registration application to HMRC. This is typically done online. The process for registering for VAT can take a few weeks, so it's important to plan ahead if you're approaching the threshold.

It is important to note that once your VAT registration is approved, you will need to charge VAT on your goods and services and submit regular VAT returns to HMRC. The VAT return will show the VAT you have charged and the VAT you have paid on your purchases. The difference between these two amounts will be payable to HMRC (or if the VAT paid on purchases exceeds the VAT you have charged on sales, then you will receive a refund).

In conclusion, VAT registration is an important step for businesses that exceed the annual turnover threshold. It is a compliance requirement, and non-compliance can result in penalties. It is important to plan ahead and gather the necessary information before submitting your registration application. Once registered, it is important to keep accurate records and submit regular VAT returns to the tax authorities.

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