You can also voluntarily choose to register your business. Companies registered for VAT will be issued a unique VAT registration number. VAT registration ensures that you are ready to grow as a business, creating a positive impression to your customers and allows you to reclaim VAT that you are charged by other businesses for goods and services.
Value Added Tax (or VAT) is a form of taxation which is applied to goods or services purchased by the consumer, which is why it’s sometimes known as a "consumption tax".
In the business world, VAT can be charged on most services or goods that are purchased. Indeed, the way your company handles VAT could be the difference between a truly legitimate enterprise and one that is running in an illegal fashion.
VAT registration certainly has an important role to play in the operation of any company and ensures that you are ready to grow as a business, creating a positive impression to your customers. Ultimately VAT isn’t a tax on individual businesses, but is paid by the consumer. Although companies will pay VAT to the HMRC, the customer has already paid the actual cost through the services/goods they have bought from you. Your business though, does have a legal responsibility to report it fully to HMRC.
When your company becomes VAT registered, you must then begin to charge VAT on all your services and goods, based on the full value of what you sell. However, you will also be eligible to reclaim VAT on any business related goods or services that you purchase.
By law, every quarter, businesses must complete a VAT return to disclose the amount of VAT they have charged or have paid to HRMC. This applies even if you have no VAT to disclose. If you prefer, VAT returns can be made annually, although the amount owed is still payable on a three monthly basis.
Put your confidence in CG Incorporation’s VAT Registration Service
CG Incorporations prides itself in offering a reliable, comprehensive VAT registration service to our clients. We will save you the hassle of applying for VAT registration yourself by completing the entire process on your behalf. We’ll complete all the necessary paperwork/ forms, taking care of all the formalities, before obtaining your VAT registration certificate. This usually takes around 14 days, from the date of application, although a small number of applications will be manually reviewed by the HMRC and could take longer.
On completion of the VAT registration process CG will ensure you receive:
What’s does CG Incorporation’s VAT registration service include?
Having made your payment for CG’s VAT Registration Service, we’ll contact you to glean all the necessary information to file your company for VAT registration. Our dedicated team will then complete all the required forms/ paperwork and make a submission to the HMRC on your behalf within hours.
CG Incorporations have had many years of experience in working with HMRC in filing VAT Registrations for our customers. We’ll ensure your application is dealt with and processed as quickly and efficiently as possible, making sure that all the required procedures are followed to the letter.
We can also assist you in obtaining an EORI number "Economic Operators Registration and Identification number".
A: It isn’t compulsory to register for VAT registration unless your turnover has exceeded or is predicted to exceed £85,000 in the near future. You can register at any time either as a sole trader or a limited company.
A: Definitely! Being VAT registered enables companies to claim back the VAT that they pay to their suppliers, but you will also need to charge VAT on your customer sales. There is also the facility to backdate VAT claims, (if you’ve retained a valid VAT invoice) for up to 6 months on services and up to 4 years on goods, for business related purchases.
A: There isn’t a lower limit for VAT registration, so if your turnover is less than £85,000 you can certainly make a voluntary VAT registration should you wish. Many companies choose to do this, especially if they are start-ups, as it gives the impression that the enterprise is a well-established company. It also promotes customer confidence and trust and increases the company’s credibility with suppliers.
When you register for VAT your business will be able to reclaim VAT on business related services or goods. Examples of this include:
For more information see the government website.