Value Added Tax, VAT for short, is levied on the sale of nearly all goods and services by businesses. VAT for goods and services is charged at differing levels. The standard VAT rate of 20% is charged on most goods and services. In principle working out how much VAT to pay HMRC seems simple, but it can more complex than you think.

calculating-flat-rate-VAT Not all contractors know when starting out, that you can actually earn extra money from using the VAT Flat Rate Scheme. It works in the way that you charge your customer the standard rate of VAT at 20 percent, but you are only required to pay HMRC a lower, flat rate; 14.5 percent for IT Contractors, as an example.

register-for-flat-rate-VAT If you are a contractor or freelancer, or own a small business, you may be liable for VAT. If your income reaches the threshold of £83,000 in any given tax year then you are required by law to register. The VAT Flat Rate Scheme for small businesses often works out a good option, as you get to keep some of the VAT you charge to your customers, and limit the paperwork involved with VAT return filing.