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The Flat Rate Scheme: What you NEED to know

Running a small business and dealing with Value Added Tax (VAT) can be a bit of a headache, adding extra tasks to your to-do list.

VAT is essentially a tax on the consumption of goods and services, adding a certain amount to their cost. Businesses pay a portion of this tax to HM Revenue & Customs, calculated as the difference between the VAT charged to customers and the VAT paid on business purchases.

This process can sometimes result in financial losses for businesses. That's where the VAT Flat Rate Scheme comes in handy.

So, what is the VAT Flat Rate Scheme?

It's a system where businesses pay a fixed rate to HMRC, allowing them to keep the difference between what they charge customers and what they pay to HMRC. This can help prevent potential profit losses. Small businesses, in particular, find this scheme beneficial because it eliminates the need to track VAT on customer purchases.

What are the requirements?

To be eligible for the scheme, your VAT taxable turnover should be £150,000 or less, and you won't be able to reclaim VAT spent on purchases, except for certain capital assets over £2000.

You won’t be eligible in the following circumstances:

  • Your business registered for VAT as a business division in last 24 months

  • Your business is closely associated with another’s

  • You joined a margin or capital goods VAT scheme

  • You previously left the scheme in last 12 months

  • You committed a VAT offence in last 12 months (for example, evasion)

  • Your business joined a VAT group in last 24 months

How much VAT will I pay on the Flat Rate Scheme?

The amount you pay to HMRC under the scheme is a fixed rate, but it varies depending on your business's industry. You can calculate the flat rate on the government website, which provides updated rates for different sectors.

Interested in joining the VAT Flat Rate Scheme?

Visit the government website for instructions and details on eligibility.

If you need guidance, consider reaching out to our accounting team at KM Accountancy.

We can help you navigate the process and discuss the potential benefits of enrolling in the scheme. Our experienced accountants are ready to guide you through your small business's finances and assist you in making informed decisions.

If you would like to speak to an accountant regarding any tax enquiries, contact or 0141 266 0563.

And finally, in 2024, remember to know your worth and add VAT!


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