Value Added Tax (VAT)
Value Added Tax (VAT) is a general tax placed on almost all goods and services sold. The simple principle behind VAT is consumers pay a tax on the products they buy based on the value of the product. VAT rates are percentage based, which means the greater the price, the more tax the consumer pays.
How Does VAT Work for Your Business?
After you hit the VAT tax threshold, you must start charging VAT.
The first step is to register for VAT with HMRC. This allows you to send a VAT return, similar to a self-assessment tax return. If you are a sole trader, you can register yourself for VAT. If you own a limited company, the small business itself must be VAT registered.
You must register for VAT. If you submit a tax return for your business over the £85,000 threshold, but you haven’t registered for or paid any value-added tax, you will face investigations and penalties. VAT is not optional.
Once you are registered for VAT and are earning above the threshold, you can then charge VAT to customers on goods and services.
Simple enough – but with an expert’s advice, there are some significant savings to be made with regards to VAT. With Gower’s VAT planning services in Leicester, help is at hand for your Owner-Managed Business to minimise the amount of tax you have to pay.
Help With VAT Planning
As with any form of taxation, being ahead of the game will save you money in the long run. Aspects such as the timing of registration and invoicing strategy can impact the amount of VAT you pay.
HM Revenue & Customs operates a number of different schemes to simplify the burden, and these can be used to reduce your overall tax liability – however, these can still take up much of your time, and there’s no guarantee they’ll provide you with the maximum benefit.
At Gower Accountants, we are extremely well versed in VAT planning in Leicester, and our VAT accountants can assess the most suitable path for your VAT payments to take. Here are some of the ways in which we can help you with VAT planning:
• Calculate and keep your VAT records
• Prepare your VAT returns online
• Notify you of amounts payable
• Offer ongoing, expert VAT advice
How Can VAT Planning Benefit Your Business?
Gower Accountants Leicestershire has the VAT and accounting expertise, as well as the personal commitment to your success, to help you to maximise the potential of your business through the use of our VAT return services in Leicester.
Specifically, the benefits of this service include:
• Full compliance, and peace of mind
• Guaranteed to never miss a VAT deadline
• All the hassle of VAT returns taken care of
• Minimise what you have to pay through careful planning
• Your VAT records are kept securely
Frequently Asked Questions
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We understand that accountancy and tax can be complicated, and you are likely to have many questions. At any time, you can book a no-obligation consultation in which we can provide answers specific to your circumstances. For more general enquiries, however, feel free to browse our FAQs!
What does “chartered” mean?
A chartered accountant is an accountant who has studied accounting to a high level and completed three to five years' work experience, earning them a professional accreditation. Once qualified, a chartered accountant can join the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) or another professional body.
While a regular accountant is generally capable of providing straightforward accountancy services, a chartered accountant can become a far more valuable asset to your business. Due to their in-depth expertise, chartered accountants can advise on specific business and financial matters, including corporate finance, cash-flow forecasting, forensic accounting, and advanced tax planning.
As chartered accountants in Leicester, Gower are proud to uphold the professional and ethical codes of the ACCA - and we are dedicated to using our chartered status to help Owner-Managed Businesses in as many ways as possible.
I already have an accountant, do I need to change?
Does your existing accountant offer you a pro-active, flexible service at an excellent rate? Are they easily contactable? Do they save you money, and help you to make profitable business decisions?
If so, then it sounds like you’ve got a keeper! However, if you answered no to any of the questions, or fancy exploring your options a bit, then please get in touch for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Not all accountants were created equal; some simply provide a better service, save you more money, and provide more advanced levels of business advice. If you’d like to see just how much an expert chartered accountant can benefit your Owner-Managed Business in Leicester, Gower is ready to show you.
Are you the right accountants for my business?
We understand that choosing an accountant for your business is not a small decision, and one that should not be taken lightly. You need an accountant that you can trust, who will get to know your business inside-out and will always operate in your best interests.
We’re not saying that we’re perfect for everyone - but we do have decades of experience working with Owner-Managed Businesses of all sizes, across a vast range of sectors. Once we partner up with someone, we take the time to understand their business, their needs, and their goals - and then we give it our all. This has granted us a reputation of which we are very proud.
The best way for you to see if we’re a good fit is to talk over the phone, or meet for a coffee - a free meeting, with no obligation. Let’s have a chat about how we can help your business.
I need help urgently! What can you do?
If you are experiencing an accounting emergency, we would kindly ask you not to panic. We can help!
Our Accounts Emergency corner has gotten more than a few Owner-Managed Businesses out of a tight jam. If your accounts are in a bit of a mess, or you’ve received a nasty letter from HMRC, or anything else, we’ll fast-track you and offer a quick solution.
What are the benefits of hiring an accountant?
There are many benefits to hiring a good accountant. In addition to keeping your books, managing your payroll, and keeping your accounts up to date, your accountant can actually help you to save money and boost the profitability of your business.
The main benefits of hiring a chartered accountant in Leicester include:
- Keeping you compliant - As an Owner-Managed Business, you are legally required to provide records of your accounts informatively, accurately, and consistently. There are a series of tax deadlines that must be met throughout the financial year, and if one of these is missed, it will result in a penalty.
As your trusted accountants, we can take care of everything, and thus guarantee that you remain in HMRC’s good books.
- Reducing your taxes - Knowledgeable accountants can find legitimate ways to keep your tax payouts as low as possible. Whether through government schemes, flat rate schemes, or expense claims, there are many ways of reducing the tax that most businesses don’t know about.
As tax experts, we can ensure that you never pay a penny more in tax than necessary.
- Making profitable business decisions - In order to make good business decisions, substantial knowledge of finance is often required. Without the knowledge of your business’s financial history, current state, and future forecast, your business could easily take a wrong turn.
By analysing your business’s finances and calculating logical forecasts, we can help to guide your business down the most profitable path.
Is it easy to change accountants?
If your current accountant isn’t providing the level of service you want, and you would like to move over to us, then the process couldn’t be simpler.
All it takes is just one letter from you, and then we take care of the rest. In most cases, your existing accountant cannot charge you for providing the standard handover information.
You seem to offer a lot, are your fees expensive?
We do indeed offer a wide range of accountancy services in Leicester - but our packages are tailored to match the specific needs of you and your business. We will never impose a service that you do not truly need.
Are we the cheapest accountants in Leicester? Probably not. But as far as value for money goes, we are confident that we cannot be beaten.
As with most things, the cheapest accountant is often the most expensive in the long run. Every penny that you spend with us will be applied with purpose, putting it to the best possible use - not just saving you money, but also increasing the profitability of your business.
As experienced, dedicated, highly-knowledgeable chartered accountants in Leicester, we provide a service that almost instantly repays itself in the value-added to your business.
Get in Touch!
Based on the outskirts of the city centre, Gower Accountancy is only a 5-minute walk from Leicester railway station which is easily accessible by public transport and we also provide ample parking for those who wish to visit by car.
Contact Gower Accountancy today to see how we can help you and your business: