Sunday, February 9th, 2020 in: Advice
VAT calculator for small businesses and individuals
Welcome to our online vat-calculator. This is designed to make the VAT inclusive and exclusive calculation as easy as possible. Forget all about fractions and having to use math, simply pop the total invoice or receipt value excluding VAT below and we will do the rest. Like magic!
The main UK VAT rates are 0% VAT, 5% reduced rate VAT and standard rate VAT which is 20%.
VAT is known as Value Added Tax. In some countries around the world, it may be referred to as sales tax. The UK VAT system is designed so that the end consumer essentially pays the VAT. From a business perspective, for a UKL VAT-registered sole trader or limited company you only end up paying VAT to HMRC on the value you’ve added. VAT can be extremely complicated as there are many different VAT schemes and rules for different circumstances. The good news is that we have designed this nice and easy to use VAT calculator for small business owners that may be on the go or don’t have time for manual calculations. You can learn more about the UK VAT rules here.
VAT stands for ‘Value Added Tax’. Ultimately VAT is paid by the consumer when purchasing products or services. Not all goods and services have VAT on them such as food essentials and children’s clothing which are zero rated. Generally luxury products will have VAT on them such as ice cream and fizzy drinks or meals at a restaurant.
Too many people VAT is simply a stealth tax. However unlike income tax it can be prevented because it is only incurred when you spend money.
Not all businesses need to register for VAT. There is an annual registration threshold of £85,000. This means that unless your turnover reaches £85,000 in any 12 month rolling period you will not be required to register for VAT on a compulsory basis. In some cases it can be beneficial to register for VAT on a voluntary basis such as when all of your income is business to business. In this instance your customer can usually Reclaim the VAT back and it does not affect your margin on your selling price. However, it will then entitle you to claim back the VAT on your expenses.
No, if you have gone over the VAT threshold you will only be required to charge and pay VAT on sales after the date of VAT registration. This is quite a common concern of new businesses that are worried they would have to pay backdated VAT, however this is not the case.
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