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VAT Registration in the UK: Things to Learn About British VAT Registration

Value Added Tax or VAT is a tax applied to the purchase price of goods, services, and other taxable supplies that are bought and distributed within the UK. It was firstly introduced in the country in 1973 and is consistent with the VAT tax system that operates within the European Union. VAT registration in the UK  is a process of listing your business with the government as the actively operating in production and sales. 

Do I Need to Register for VAT in the UK

In the UK, businesses are obliged to register for VAT if their turnover exceeds the £85,000 threshold. Let’s dive into more details.

First, you must register for VAT if you expect your VAT taxable turnover* to beat this threshold within the next 30-day period. Thus, you need to register before the 30-day period is over, not later than the day your turnover went over the limit.

Second, apply for VAT registration if your VAT taxable turnover exceeded the limit over the past 12 months. This case requires business owners to register for VAT within 30 days of the end of the month when they went over the threshold.

Many small businesses and startups whose turnover is under £85,000 can also choose to register for VAT. For them, preemptive registration is an opportunity to save time and reduce the hassle of adjusting prices to include the Value Added Tax rate. 

*Please, note that the taxable turnover is the total value of all taxable sales a business makes throughout the taxable year. 

What Is the UK VAT Tax Rate

It’s natural that you want to know how much your business needs to give when it’s finally registered to Value Added Tax. Here are the official numbers.

The standard VAT rate in the UK is 20%. It applies to most goods and services while some categories are the subject of a reduced rate. For example, for home energy and children’s car seats, the tax rate applied is 5%. Zero-rated goods and services are most food and children’s clothes. 

Looking for VAT registration in the EU? Check out VAT registration rules in Ireland!

What is Included in VAT Registration in the UK by Chern & Co

The price of British VAT registration services by our company is €500. We take full responsibility for all necessary services for the successful completion of the procedure. These include the following:

  1. Preparation and submission of your VAT registration application to HMRC by a VAT application expert;
  2. Access to a VAT registration expert for a detailed consultation;
  3. Confirmation of your VAT Registration Number;
  4. Certificate of VAT Registration (supplied by HMRC);
  5. Creation of your own HMRC Government Gateway account to activate your VAT registration online.

Application usually takes up to 30 working days to process. Time frames can change due to various circumstances. 

VAT Registration In Britain with Chern & Co

VAT registration in the UK with Chern & Co is quick and hassle-free. We have deep expertise in the field which is confirmed by hundreds of satisfied clients. Our employees are ready to provide you with professional assistance at an affordable price. Don’t hesitate to book a free consultation right now!

VAT | Value-Added-Tax Registration in UK

What’s Included:

  • Assistance with preparation
  • Filing of all necessary documents for VAT UK registration

What You Need To Know

Frequently Asked Questions

Setting up a company in Ireland carries plenty of benefits. These are the smooth process of annual returns submission, low Ireland corporate tax rate (lowest in the EU), official documentation in English, access to the European market, the brilliant reputation of Ireland as a business-friendly country, availability of progressive and educated workforce.

It takes just a few hours to fill in and prepare necessary company documents and forms. Once documents are submitted to the CRO, it usually takes 3-5 days to issue a company registration number. Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Companies Registration Office may process applications for up to 2 weeks.

Yes, there is no need to physically come to Ireland to set up a company. Certainly, you are more than welcome to visit the country. It’s beautiful! Forms are uploaded digitally using scanned pdf files of original signatures. Please note, CRO does not accept digital signatures done by typing a name or drawing a signature.

A company is a legal entity separate and distinct from those who own or run it. In order to incorporate a company a Form A1 shall be filled in and submitted together with a Constitution to the Registrar of Companies with scanned signed originals. Anyone can register a company themselves. However, it is advised to use a professional to ensure compliance with the Companies Act 2014. Each company must have a director and a secretary, must carry business in the state and have a registered office address in Ireland.

Limited company is a separate entity from a legal person. Ltd companies are limited by shares. If business is liquidated, the company’s liabilities are treated separately to those of its shareholders and directors, in a way, protecting them from debt and financial losses of the business itself. Partnerships, on the other hand, have limited and unlimited partners who are treated as legal persons. Unlimited partners are responsible for all debt and liabilities accrued by the business.

A company can be closed or wound up by a process called Voluntary Strike-Off. This is a quick and easy way to dissolve the company without any consequences for the founders and directors. Both trading and non-trading companies can be closed. The main criteria for eligibility would be no debts and no assets above €150. If this condition is not met, the company shall be liquidated or will be struck off the register by CRO by a process called Involuntary Strike Off with possibility of fine. Book in a free consultation to discuss winding up of your company.

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