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  • Writer's pictureSally Charlesworth

Should I register for VAT?

When you must register

HMRC guidelines state that you must register for VAT if:

  • you expect your VAT taxable turnover to be more than £85,000 in the next 30-day period

  • your business had a VAT taxable turnover of more than £85,000 over the last 12 months

You might also need to register in some other cases, depending on the kinds of goods or services you sell and where you sell them.

Note that the 12 months talked about is any rolling 12 month period, it is not based on financial, calendar or tax years - therefore if you are approaching the limit, or have higher than usual sales in a specific month, then continuous monitoring is required.

When you may chose to register

There are some circumstances where you may chose to register voluntarily even if you are below the threshold. These can include:

  • if you make mostly zero rates sales

  • all your customers are themselves VAT registered

  • to reclaim VAT on a significant purchase

However all these circumstances will require specific advice depending on your circumstances and future plans, so please speak to your adviser before diving in.

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