VAT Returns

What is a VAT return?

A VAT return is the calculation of the amount of VAT due on sales you have made subtracted by the amount of VAT reclaimable on purchases. The result is the amount payable to HMRC.

If the amount reclaimable on purchases is more than the amount due on sales, HMRC will give you the difference back!

Put into other words:

A VAT Return calculates how much VAT you owe HMRC (or how much they owe you) by looking at:

  • Total sales and purchases across a three-month accounting period
  • The amount of VAT you owe for sales
  • The amount of VAT you can reclaim for purchases made by your business.

All VAT-registered businesses must submit VAT Returns – even if there is no VAT to pay or reclaim. Businesses that are not VAT registered do not need to submit VAT Returns.

How to file your VAT return

You can file your VAT return through HMRC’s own website, come to us and we can help you do this, find out more here or can use an online accounting service like FreeAgent which will help you fill in your VAT return, then allow you to submit it directly to HMRC for you.

Example of a VAT return

Example of a VAT return

VAT Return refunds

If your VAT Return shows that you can reclaim more VAT than the amount you owe, HMRC will refund the difference.

VAT repayments are usually approved within 30 days of HMRC receiving your VAT Return. If HMRC has your bank details, the refund will go directly to your bank account. If not, you will be sent a cheque.

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VAT Returns & MTD in Kent

VAT returns need to be prepared and filed quarterly and must be accurate and filed on time to ensure you avoid any penalties from HMRC. To streamline this process, and ensure that your VAT returns are handled in a completely compliant manner, talk to the team at Aggarwal & Co.

With over 30 years in the industry, we can handle every aspect of your VAT returns on your behalf. This includes calculating how much VAT you owe, how much you may be able to reclaim and ensuring any refunds from HMRC are processed swiftly, should you qualify for one.

We have provided accurate and efficient VAT return services to businesses of all sizes; from sole traders to limited companies and business partnerships, our team work closely with you to ensure your business meets its obligations at all times.

If your VAT-registered business has a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold, you will be obligated to submit your VAT returns, and maintain all relevant records, using the MTD (Making Tax Digital) scheme. We can help you with every aspect of this to ensure you are fully compliant with the requirements of the scheme.

In addition, we will advise you on the most appropriate and beneficial VAT scheme for your business, which could be a cash accounting scheme, flat rate scheme or annual scheme.

For dedicated VAT support for your business, contact Aggarwal & Co today. With local branches across Kent: including Rainham, Ashford, Sheerness and Gravesend; its easy to get in touch.

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