This article provides details on the current VAT threshold for UK taxable sales with examples of how the threshold for VAT is calculated. Plus some great VAT tips.
Please note that the below thresholds for registering for VAT or joining a VAT accounting scheme are valid from 1 April 2015.
What is the VAT threshold
Different countries have different VAT thresholds. However, if you are trading in the UK the VAT registration threshold is currently £82,000 of taxable sales. This means that if you have sales that would be subject to zero or standard VAT you need to the check the level of sales in a 12 month period to see if it is under or over the VAT threshold.
VAT Thresholds 2015
|VAT registration||More than £82,000|
|Registration for distance selling into the UK||More than £70,000|
|Registration for bringing goods into the UK from the EU||More than £82,000|
|Completing simplified EC Sales List||£106,500 or less and supplies to EU countries of £11,000 or less|
VAT Accounting Scheme Thresholds 2015
|VAT accounting scheme||Threshold to join scheme||Threshold to leave scheme|
|Flat Rate Scheme||£150,000 or less||More than £230,000|
|Cash Accounting Scheme||£1.35 million or less||More than £1.6 million|
|Annual Accounting Scheme||£1.35 million or less||More than £1.6 million|
What if I have a variety of sales
If you have a mixture of sales, some of which would be exempt from VAT and some that are subject to VAT then you just calculate if you have reached the VAT threshold by measuring the amount of sales that are subject to VAT. Zero and standard rated goods or services are considered taxable supplies, however, exempt goods or services are non-taxable supplies.
Can I split my businesses
If you genuinely have a variety of trades then you could incorporate the separate businesses, for example you might have a coffee shop and a consultancy business. Please note that you shouldn’t artificially separate your trades to avoid being over the VAT threshold, if HMRC decide that you have done this they can decide that the entire business is a single taxable person and therefore must be registered for VAT.
Historical Previous VAT Thresholds – Registration limits for taxable supplies
Before 21 March 1990 the rules were different. You had to look at your past and future taxable turnover when deciding whether you needed to register. There was also a yearly limit and a 3-monthly limit.