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Your business should register for VAT if your “taxable supplies” over the past 12 months has exceeded the VAT registration threshold.
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Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake?

Now if you think this is some playground joke, think again. This is a real question that judges were asked to consider in a landmark VAT case.

The fact it took a court case to work out the answer to this question gives you an insight into just how complicated the UK’s VAT system has become. If HMRC, can’t answer such a simple question, what hope is there for busy small business owners?

With the complexity of the VAT laws it’s understandable that businesses make mistakes on their VAT returns. However, these mistakes can be very costly both in terms of paying the wrong amount of VAT and also triggering a VAT investigation.

To help you avoid making these expensive mistakes, we asked Jonathan Amponsah, founder of The Tax Guys, to reveal the 21 common mistakes small businesses make on VAT Returns. Continue…

One of the main benefits of becoming self employed is the ease with which you can start up and run your new business.

You can even become a sole trader (another term for self-employed) whilst working as an employee for someone else, so you can test the water and see if you’re suited to working for yourself.

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If you are having problems paying HMRC your business taxes, you may be able to agree a Time to Pay arrangement so you can pay the tax over a longer period of time.

In this concise guide, we walk you through HMRC’s Time to Pay Arrangements, explain what you should understand before contacting HMRC, and share some practical tips on how to make the most of Time to Pay;

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The area of tax for small businesses is not straightforward, in fact it can be a real minefield for the unwary. However, if you take a little time, and work with your accountant, it’s usually possible to find ways to save some tax.

To help you think about ways you and your business could pay less tax, we’ve asked Simon Cox of Forbes Watson Accountants to share 10 of the best ways small business owners can look to pay less tax. They are designed to make you stop and think. Are you doing everything you can do to save tax? Is your advisor helping you to do so?
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In this concise guide, we look at the taxes you will encounter if you start your own business as a sole trader, and other things you should bear in mind before taking the plunge and becoming self employed.
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HMRC have provided a range of special schemes that apply to smaller businesses. They are designed to reduce administration, but also (in some cases) to assist cash flow.
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This second guide in ByteStart’s 3-Part VATChat series; outlines how VAT registered businesses should charge VAT on their goods and services, and how to reclaim VAT on purchases and costs.
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In the first in a short series of Value Added Tax bulletins for small businesses, Les Howard looks at what VAT is, and when you must register your business.
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Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax on the final consumption of certain goods and services in the home market but is collected at every stage of production and distribution. Most business-related goods and services will therefore be subject to VAT.
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In this article, we look at some simple VAT tips which could save your business time and money.
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If you are registered for VAT, have to file a VAT return in the near future, or are concerned about putting the wrong amounts on your VAT return, here are 5 VAT traps to watch out for.
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One of the most annoying parts of running a business is having to hand over a large chunk of your profits to HMRC. Of course, this is a fact of life, and taxation is one area of running a business you really must understand.
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Value Added Tax (VAT) is a charge on most goods and services sold in the UK.

Ultimately, the person who consumes the goods pays the tax. But to administer it, VAT is charged and reclaimed by every supplier down the chain.
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If you want to increase profits or cut costs, make sure you reclaim all the VAT you can.

It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But even before the global economic slowdown began Ernst & Young surveys revealed “a surprising tolerance of failures to track, fully report and legitimately reclaim indirect taxes”. Businesses of all sizes are losing significant sums this way.

In this summary, we will focus only on the mountain of foreign EC VAT that goes unreclaimed.
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An alternative to the standard VAT scheme is the flat rate VAT scheme which offers qualifying businesses a simpler way of accounting for their VAT transactions.
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The VAT cash accounting scheme is a useful tool for many small businesses, as you only repay VAT to HMRC once you have received payment yourself. If you have cashflow concerns, the scheme could be a lifesaver!
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This handy calculator will work out how much VAT you should charge a customer based on your net billing. Also use this script to work out how much VAT is included in a VAT-Inclusive sum.

The current VAT rate used in the calculations is 20%.
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Here are some tips to help small businesses keep on top of their VAT responsibilities – from choosing the right VAT scheme in the first place, to avoiding getting on the wrong side of HMRC.
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When you start up as a sole trader, or partnership, you will be liable for a series of business-related taxes, as well as the ones you will have been used to as a normal employee.
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VAT accounting for mixed business and non-business purposes

October 8, 2008

The issue of VAT accounting when the goods involved are put to both business and non-business purposes is perhaps more widespread than many would first consider. Careful use of the so-called ‘Lennartz Accounting’ scheme can provide cash flow benefit for a number of organisations.

Value Added Tax – The Basics

October 8, 2006

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax which is applied to transactions of most goods and services provided by VAT registered entities in the UK.