In case you have crossed the threshold limit or want to be a part of the vat or value added tax system then you will need to apply for registration for vat to turn into a vat registered trader. Once you are a vat registered trader then you will be empowered to reclaim vat paid in another eu country and thereby decrease your costs as well as improve your business cash flow.
Several eu countries like the UK, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Germany, etc have moved over to vat for taxing products or services. Vat is thus followed even while trading between member eu countries. If you have started a fresh business in the UK and have touched ?70,000 pounds in taxable sales in the past 1 year then you can definitely apply for vat registration with the HM Revenue and Customs or hmrc department. You may also apply before this threshold limit is achieved if you sell your goods or services to mostly vat registered traders. Vat registration can be done as an individual, partnership, company, trust, etc as deemed fit by the hmrc department.
However, as soon as you make an application for vat registration your costs could increase slightly, and if you sell your products or services locally in the UK at the retail level then you could opt to remain outside of vat if you only sell vat exempt goods. However, if you try to artificially make an effort to separate your business activities only to remain away from system of vat then the hmrc vat department may not take your actions lightly if you're discovered doing the same. There are many benefits of entering the vat system as it will prevents the problem of double taxation by allowing you to reclaim vat already paid on services or goods overseas too.
The whole process for registration for vat is pretty simple but if you are not sure about yourself then you should simply appoint a professional vat agent to deal with all vat matters. The hmrc vat department offers several vat online services including applications for registration for vat. You can make an application for vat using your vat agent too provided you inform the department of your choice. As soon as you make an application for vat registration then the procedure for approving the application usually takes between 10 to 30 days. Fo the time being you can continue issuing regular invoices to your clients. However, during that period you will have to take into account applicable vat rates and re-issue those invoices issued after the application so your clients can reclaim vat from their end.
As soon as your application is eligible you will receive your unique vat registration number and can have to display it on all vat documents as well as your vat invoices, vat returns, and vat refunds. You will probably need to issue a vat invoice that separately shows all vat rates applied in the invoice together with your vat no at the top. You will have to give a summary of all vat paid and collected in your vat returns that will need to be filed periodically as required by the hmrc vat department. If you have already paid vat on goods and services in another eu country then you can apply for vat reclaim once you're an official vat registered trader.
Vat registration is a straightforward online process that has to be done first if you want to turn into a vat registered trader in the UK. You can easily fill up the web based vat registration form and submit it to the hmrc vat department when you apply for registration for vat.