HMRC VAT Input Tax Toolkit
This HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) toolkit is aimed at helping and supporting tax agents and advisers in completing VAT returns on behalf of their clients. It may also be of use to anyone who is completing a VAT return.
9 July 2015 | Guidance
HMRC VAT Output Tax Toolkit
This toolkit provided by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is aimed at helping and supporting tax agents and advisers when completing VAT returns on behalf of clients. It may also be of use to anyone who is completing a VAT return.
9 July 2015 | Guidance
HMRC VAT Partial Exemption Toolkit
Guidance for tax agents and advisers on calculating how much input tax is partly exempt in client VAT returns.
25 August 2015 | Guidance
Intrastat & Tariff Codes
ICN Online is a searchable web tool that you can use to find appropriate commodity codes to help with your Intrastat declaration.
Latest report of EU VAT Rates - Jan 2016
The EU sets the broad VAT rules through Eurpean VAT Directives, and has set the minimum standard VAT rate at 15%. The 28 member states are otherwise free to set their standard VAT rates.
VAT eLearning modules
The EU Commission website contains a range of VAT eLearning modules which explain the core workings of VAT within the EU legislation. Whilst the UK is considering it’s negotiating position post the Brexit vote it is important to note that VAT will continue to operate here in the UK. Indeed, VAT is no longer solely a European Tax. It’s proved such an effective tax revenue generator that similar systems operate in around 115 countries across the world. In the UK in 2016 VAT generated over £116bn in income for the Chancellor making it the 2nd largest tax contributor at 22% of all tax revenues.
The EU modules will give a useful background to how the system impacts on areas including digital services and the Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) regulations – which are subject to review currently – so watch this space for changes.
This link to the EU Commission website will take you to the 12 different modules they have produced. Remember that this is the EU legislation and you should always sense check your position to the UK interpretation as well to ensure you are applying your UK VAT treatment correctly. For example, we use the ZERO rate on a much wider range of transactions than elsewhere in the current EU membership.
As always do take specific advice on more detailed transactions where you are unsure of the VAT treatment.
VAT record keeping
An HMRC video explaining the importance of good record keeping for VAT purposes.
How VAT works
HMRC Course: How VAT works.
It’s free and you can use it whenever you like.
These links are to general information VAT content produced by third parties which are outside the control of Centurion VAT. Please seek appropriate advice before making any financial decisions.