Sole Trader VAT - The Basics

VAT is a tax that you have to pay on many expenses and charge to your clients on top of your fee rate.

VAT is a tax that you have to pay on many expenses and charge to your clients on top of your fee rate if you are VAT registered.

The current rate of VAT is set at 20%.

Example:

In your first month you charge a customer £1,000 and you are VAT registered, you will have to add VAT on top of this at 20% this would be £200 making your total invoice £1,200.

During the month you have expenses that include £100 of VAT – say you bought a laptop for £600, £100 of this would be VAT.

You then need to pay £100 VAT over to HMRC (£200 VAT you charged to your customer minus £100 VAT you paid on the laptop).

This is known as the VAT Standard Scheme which is a great system if your business has a lot of expenses that carry VAT – take a look at VAT Choices page for much more information on both the Standard and Flat Rate Schemes.

VAT Responsibilities

There are three main VAT responsibilities you should understand:

  1. You need to complete a VAT return every three months which is done online, and pay whatever VAT is due.
  2. Each VAT return is due 1 month after your quarter end, so if your quarter ends on 31 October you have to submit your return by 30 November.
  3. When you submit your return you need to make payment for your VAT, this gives you up to a month after your VAT quarter to make payment.

If you are registered for VAT then filing your VAT returns each quarter and advising you on how much to pay and how to make the payment are all part of the CMJ Accountancy service.

For further help, or to enquire about joining our services, please call us on 0845 834 0264 or drop us an email at info@cmjaccountancy.co.uk.

Disclaimer

This information is for general information only. We take no responsibility for any action taken or refrained from in consequence of its contents. Always seek our professional advice specific to your circumstances before acting.