VAT registration: how to apply and when
Interactive and video guidance to help you understand how and when to register for VAT
If or when your annual turnover reaches £85,000 (the current VAT registration threshold), you have to register for VAT. However, even if you don't have to register for VAT, you may wish to consider registering voluntarily.
To register for VAT, you have to apply to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). If you choose to register yourself, you need to register for the VAT online service with HMRC. However, if you want, an accountant or an agent can do this for you. You should get a VAT registration certificate within 14 working days. However, it can occasionally take longer, so if you need or choose to register, it's a good idea to complete the registration application as soon as possible.
Please note: Our learning products show ways of working out VAT that HMRC recommends. VAT rates can change, but if they do the calculation methods remain the same. You would need to use different numbers in the calculations, but this information would be available on the website.
Do I need to register my business for VAT? (video)
Video guidance to help you understand if you need to register for VAT/p>
This short video developed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), will help you decide whether or not you need to register your business for VAT.
How to submit your VAT return online (video)
This short HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) video shows you how to submit your VAT return online.
VAT record keeping (video)
Video guidance on VAT record keeping
This short HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) video explains the importance of good record keeping for VAT purposes.
Please note: the VAT registration threshold changes each financial year - make sure to check the current VAT registration thresholds.