VAT

Effective VAT planning aims to ensure that VAT is relatively painless, and that you are reclaiming as much as possible of the VAT you pay.

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Common VAT problems

VAT is reasonably straightforward. But it is easy to make mistakes which can lead to stiff penalties. We outline the main pitfalls and problem areas.

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HMRC VAT Output Tax Toolkit

This toolkit is aimed at helping and supporting tax agents, advisers and those completing a VAT Return. Download the HMRC VAT Output Tax Toolkit.

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VAT Registration Toolkit

Visit the GOV.UK website for guidance on VAT registration and an interactive tool which you can use to register for VAT. Links available here.

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HMRC VAT Input Tax Toolkit

This toolkit is aimed at helping and supporting tax agents, advisers and individuals when completing VAT Returns and explains the main problem areas.

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When you can deregister for VAT

Before you act, you need to be aware of VAT deregistration rules. Visit the GOV.UK website to read advice on when you can deregister for VAT.

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VAT calculator

To calculate the VAT contained within a total amount or the VAT charged on a net amount, use the handy online tool on the Tax Central website.

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A guide to tax penalties

Tax penalties can be incurred if you make careless errors, while deliberate tax evasion or fraud can be treated severely - so avoid penalties.