When are you obliged to register for VAT in the UK?

In the UK every business with a turnover exceeding £85,000 must register within 12 months. There is a possibility of voluntary VAT registration for entities with lower turnovers.

After registering, a company that sells its products or service must charge VAT on each invoice issued. At the same time, you should keep a VAT record related to the company's purchases (for the company's purposes).

Rate % of VAT What the rate applies to
Standard 20% Most goods and services
Reduced rate 5% Some goods and services, e.g. home energy, child car seats etc.
Zero rate 0% Most food products, children's clothes etc.

More information on how to calculate VAT, you will find out how to contact us.

Circumstances Threshold
VAT Registration More than £85.000
Registration for distance selling into the UK More than £70.000
Registration for bringing goods into the UK from the EU More than £85.000
Completing simplified EC Sales List £106.500 or less and sends goods / services to the European Union in the amount of £ 11,000 or less

The above data is current from 01 April 2015.

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