VAT accountants services
for your small business
The qualified and experienced team prepare & submit your all-year-round VAT reporting and returns on your behalf.
The perfect mix of accounting software, tax experts and dedicated client manager could be just what you are looking for whilst staying compliant with HMRC’s Making Tax Digital rules.
What is VAT
Value Added Tax (VAT) is the tax you must pay when buying goods or services. If you are a business, you may be required to register for and collect VAT.
Businesses with a turnover of more than £85,000 (known as VAT registration threshold) must register to pay and add VAT on the products and services they buy and sell and pay this to HMRC when they file their quarterly return.
VAT in the UK is typically charged at:
- 20% on goods and services
- 5% is applied to some health, energy, heating, and protective products and services.
- 0% is applied to a range of products and services to do with health, building, publishing, and kids’ clothing.
Some services and sales of goods are outside the scope of VAT (like stamps, financial and property transactions). Instead, businesses charge VAT based on what they sell and how much money they make.
Your VAT registration number
The government gives your business a unique nine-digit number, prefixed with 'GB'.
Company numbers are only given to VAT-registered businesses and can be found on your registration certificate, which also outlines when your company passed the registration threshold and when your first VAT return is due.
What is my VAT payment date?
If you need to check your VAT Return and payment deadlines, you can do this by signing into the Government Gateway and accessing your VAT online account.
Your VAT online account will provide you with the following:
- When your VAT Returns are due
- When the payment must clear HMRC's account.
The submission and payment dates tend to be the same, and calculated one calendar month and seven days after the accounting period end.
Example: If your VAT period ends on March 31. Then, by May 7, you will have to pay the VAT owed. If paying by direct debit, payments are usually taken three days after the VAT return deadline.
Online VAT calculator
Visit HMRC's website to determine when you must make your VAT payment for the current accounting period. You will be unable to use this calculator if you pay on account or use the annual accounting scheme. Use an approved accounting software provider to send your VAT return, and keep digital records.
How does VAT work?
Your company will need to submit VAT returns to HMRC on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. The return summarises the VAT collected on sales and the VAT incurred on expenditure during that period. If the collected figure exceeds the VAT incurred, you pay the difference to HMRC. If the VAT incurred is greater, HMRC will refund the difference.
Paying your bill
HMRC only accepts a direct debit or internet banking as a method of payment. They do not accept cheques. If you are having trouble making payments, contact them straight away.
Is your business ready for making tax digital for VAT?
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is changing how UK businesses do their taxes. It is now mandatory for VAT-registered businesses to keep records and submit their VAT returns digitally.
We use approved accounting software Xero, QuickBooks and FreeAgent, and we are fully accredited and MTD compliant.
We will help you file your VAT returns digitally and provide VAT advice and assistance whenever you need it.
EU eCommerce VAT changes
Online businesses have seen massive sales growth over the last 18 months, and as a result, the EU has developed the ‘EU VAT Ecommerce Package’ to make VAT reporting easier for individual sellers and shift VAT responsibilities onto marketplaces.
A "One Stop Shop" (OSS) and "Import One Stop Shop" (IOSS) for B2C European sellers are part of the 2021 VAT eCommerce package, which aims to make it easier for sellers to figure out how much VAT they have to pay. As a result of these changes, the IOSS simplifies the collection, declaration, and payment of VAT for vendors who offer imported items to EU buyers
If you run an eCommerce business and need accounting support or more guidance on International VAT, click on the button below.eCommerce accountants
Our VAT registration service
Your dedicated accounting manager will handle all your VAT issues. They will assess your company's tax efficiency and advise you to switch if necessary. They will also register you for the appropriate VAT scheme, manage the registration process, and inform you of new laws and regulations.
It is not essential to register for VAT straight away until you hit revenues of £85k. If your company is growing and is likely to hit this figure soon, get ahead of the game and register now, giving you complete peace of mind to run and grow your company!
Our VAT returns service
We love to plan ahead which means we will get everything ready for submission well before your VAT deadlines. Of course, there is a bit of paperwork involved, but hey, hand it over to us to deal with, that’s what we are here for!
We will also provide the relevant VAT returns reports and any amount that you need to pay.
We will also advise you on EU/EC sales based on your accounts and their position. Handling your finances gives us the knowledge to advise you on related matters so all your decisions help yourbusiness boom.
Why choose us
Some of the VAT Schemes
we specialise in
|Category of Business||Current VAT Flat rate (%)|
|Accountancy or book keeping||14.5|
|Catering Services Including restaurants |
|Entertainment or Joumalism||12.5|
|Hotel or accommodation||10.5|
Flat Rate VAT Scheme
The VAT Flat Rate Scheme was set up to make sure businesses pay about the same amount of VAT without having to do as much paperwork as other VAT schemes.
The VAT amount paid to HMRC depends on the type of business you run and how much you charge your customers. You keep the difference between what you charge and what you pay HMRC, and you can't get back the VAT you pay on your purchases, except for certain capital assets over £2,000.
A flat rate of 4% applies to stores that sell food, newspapers, tobacco or children's clothes, and a rate of 14.5% applies to accountants, bookkeepers, computer/IT consultants, structural engineers, architects, and surveyors.
Standard VAT accounting
Standard VAT accounting means that financial activities are reported as they happen, no matter when the payment is made.
This has the potential to harm your business cash flow since you must pay VAT over to HMRC for services or goods sold, which you have not yet received the money for.
If, on the other hand, you have not paid for goods purchased, you can claim the VAT on the invoice received, resulting in a positive impact on your cash flow.
Cash VAT accounting
If your clients pay immediately but you buy on credit, the cash basis may be preferable because you would recuperate VAT sooner.
On the other hand, if your consumers take much longer to pay, but you pay your suppliers' bills promptly, the invoice basis may be preferable.
Meet our VAT specialist
“Hi there, I am a Client Accountant here at Fusion Accountants handling a portfolio of small to medium size entities across a range of industries including, Hospitality, IT consultancy, Manufacturing, Construction (CIS) and E-commerce.
Working closely with my clients and understanding their business is key when it comes to devlivering a value add account reporting that is aimed to provide the business with the tool to make key decisions. Outside work, I enjoy cooking international dishes, spending quality time with my husband and three children.”
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