Value Added Tax (VAT)


Value added tax (VAT) is not the most exciting subject to talk about, but our aim is to make it as simple as possible for you to handle and understand.

VAT is the tax you must pay when you buy goods or services. As a business, you may be required to register for, and collect VAT. Businesses with a turnover of more than £85k must register to pay and charge VAT on the products and services they buy and sell. For those outside of this threshold, the choice to register is voluntary. 

The VAT charged by a business to their customers, must be paid to HMRC when their quarterly VAT return is filed.

VAT rates in the UK: 

  • 20% on goods and services
  • 5% on some health, energy, heating, and protective products and services
  • 0% for services relating to health, building, publishing, and childrens’ clothing


As one of the most complex areas of business tax, many businesses inadvertently overpay or underpay VAT. We make sure that your VAT returns are filed accurately, and tax is paid on time. Our expertly trained eyes ensure that you do not miss anything and do not fall foul of the regulations. No one wants to pay the chancellor any more than they need to!

If you are not already VAT registered, then we will complete the registration on your behalf, dealing with HMRC. If you are already registered for a VAT scheme, then we will check that your business is on the most beneficial scheme and advise you to switch if it is more tax efficient to do so. You only need to be VAT registered once you reach revenues of £85k but we can also advise you of when to start the process should your business be approaching that figure.

Our VAT return specialists will help you to prepare your quarterly VAT returns as required by HMRC and ensure that they are filled in a timely manner. They will also provide the relevant VAT returns reports and any amount that you need to pay.

As with all our tax and accountancy services, we will ensure that you understand the changing laws and regulations without confusing you with technical tax language, and in the context of Brexit, we will advise you on EU sales

Our cost-effective VAT service includes:

  • Assistance with VAT registration
  • Advice on VAT planning and administration
  • VAT control and reconciliation
  • Help with completing VAT returns
  • Implementation of processes to avoid HMRC issues
  • Representing you at VAT tribunals


Our comprehensive VAT services can be tailored to businesses of all sizes and sectors and we have experience working with businesses across South West London and Surrey. Our clients can be found throughout Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, Reigate, Chessington, Epsom, Sutton, Cheam, and Banstead. Contact us to find out more about our VAT Services.

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