Once your business is registered for VAT, then it has to charge VAT on all the taxable sales it makes to its customers.
The VAT you charge to your customers is called “output VAT”.
VAT-registered businesses must file a regular report called a VAT return to HMRC.
Can I choose not to charge VAT?
Expert’s Answer: The answer is very straightforward – if a business is registered for VAT then it must charge VAT on all its taxable sales. There’s no option to decide not to charge VAT to certain customers.
Do I have to charge VAT as a sole trader?
Some sole traders must be VAT-registered
If your turnover exceeds the VAT threshold (currently £85,000 a year), you will need to register for VAT. When you’re VAT registered, you charge your customers VAT on VAT-able sales and pay it to HMRC. In turn, you can reclaim the VAT you pay on goods and services you buy.
How can I avoid paying VAT?
Avoid paying VAT – the legal way
- Make your own sandwiches. You don’t pay VAT on most food stuffs, especially basic ingredients such as bread, salad, fruit and cheese.
- Buy biscuits carefully.
- Give books as presents.
- Don’t buy drinks on the go.
- Holiday overseas.
- Make your own smoothies.
- Buy kids clothes.
- Buy from overseas sites.