Value added tax is an onerous and one of the most complex tax regimes for business. Many businesses over or underpay VAT.
The detailed rules are complex and every case needs to be looked at individually but generally, VAT works in the following way;
VAT is charged on things like:
- business sales – for example when you sell goods and services
- hiring or loaning goods to someone
- selling business assets
- items sold to staff – for
- business goods used for personal reasons
- ‘non-sales’ like bartering, part-exchange and gifts
These are known as ‘taxable supplies’.
- must charge VAT on their goods or services
- may reclaim any VAT they’ve paid on business-related goods or services
If you’re a VAT-registered business you must report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) the amount of VAT you’ve charged and the amount of VAT you’ve paid. This is done through your VAT Return which is usually due every 3 months.
We provide a cost effective VAT service which will ensure you are compliant and not overpay, which includes:
- Advising you when to register for VAT registration
- Applying for a VAT Registration
- Advice on VAT planning and administration
- Use of the most appropriate scheme
- VAT control and reconciliation
- Completing VAT returns
- Planning to
future problems with Customs and Excise minimise
- Negotiating with Customs and Excise in disputes and representing you at VAT tribunals
We provide a free non-obligation VAT healthcheck that can assess whether you are over or underpaying VAT.