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Register for VAT

Register for VAT

You must register for VAT with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if your business’ VAT taxable turnover is more than £82,000. You can register voluntarily if it’s below this, unless everything you sell is exempt.

When you register, you’ll be sent a VAT registration certificate. This confirms:

Your VAT responsibilities

From the effective date of registration you must:

You can also reclaim the VAT you’ve paid on certain purchases made before you registered.

While you wait

You can’t charge or show VAT on your invoices until you get your VAT number. However, you’ll still have to pay the VAT to HMRC for this period.

You should increase your prices to allow for this and tell your customers why. Once you’ve got your VAT number you can then reissue the invoices showing the VAT.

Useful links:

Growth Hub - help with VAT

Gov.uk  - register for VAT

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