How do I find my VAT rate?

By Chris Andreou
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Last updated
June 11, 2024

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How do I find my VAT rate?How do I find my VAT rate?

Starting a business is an exciting and daunting prospect. It can be difficult to know where to start and what to do first. One of the most important things to consider is the VAT rate you will need to charge your customers. Knowing your VAT rate is essential for any business in the UK, and it is important to understand how to find it.

VAT stands for Value Added Tax and is a tax that is charged on goods and services that are sold in the UK. It is a form of indirect taxation, meaning that it is paid by the consumer rather than the business. The UK government sets the standard VAT rate at 20%, but there are some exceptions.

The first step to finding your VAT rate is to work out which category your business falls into. The UK government divides businesses into two categories: standard-rated and exempt. Standard-rated businesses are those that charge the standard rate of 20%, while exempt businesses are those that do not charge VAT at all.

Once you have worked out which category your business falls into, you can then determine your VAT rate. If your business is standard-rated, you will need to charge the standard rate of 20%. If your business is exempt, you will not need to charge VAT at all.

It is important to note that there are some exceptions to the standard rate. If you are selling certain goods or services, you may be able to charge a reduced rate of 5% or 0%. This includes items such as children’s clothes, books, and newspapers. You can find out more about the reduced rate of VAT on the UK government website.

It is also important to remember that you may need to register for VAT if your business turnover exceeds a certain amount. The current threshold is £90,000, so if your turnover is above this amount, you will need to register for VAT. You can find out more about registering for VAT on the UK government website.

Once you have worked out your VAT rate, you will need to ensure that you are compliant with the law. This means that you must charge the correct amount of VAT on all of your sales. You must also keep accurate records of all of your sales and purchases, and submit your VAT returns on time.

In conclusion, it is important to understand how to find your VAT rate when you are setting up a business in the UK. You must determine which category your business falls into, and then determine the correct rate of VAT to charge. You may also need to register for VAT if your turnover exceeds a certain amount. Finally, you must ensure that you are compliant with the law by charging the correct amount of VAT and keeping accurate records.

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