Why does a business need VAT?
If your turnover is more than the current VAT threshold then you may have to register for VAT. If this is the case then you will have to complete and submit a VAT return to HMRC, usually each quarter.
However, even if you are not required to register it can sometimes be beneficial to register voluntarily. Deciding whether you have to or should register can be confusing but don’t worry, help is at hand. We can talk this through with you and ensure that you receive the best advice possible based on your circumstances.
When we prepare the VAT returns for our clients, we pay particular attention to ensuring that we are claiming for all VAT your business has incurred, ensuring you pay as little VAT as possible to HMRC. Once we are happy that the bookkeeping is accurate we will review your businesses circumstances to see if any recommendations can be made to you.
These recommendations range from advising you to de-register for VAT if you fall below the threshold, to ensuring you are on the most beneficial VAT scheme for your business. So for example, if your customers tend to take a while to pay you after you raise your invoices but you pay your suppliers straight away then we may recommend cash accounting for your VAT as this would vastly improve your cash flow.