A guide to your VAT Return Find out more about VAT registration, the VAT Flat Rate Scheme, and filing your VAT return.

What is VAT?

VAT is short for Value Added Tax.

In this guide, let FreeAgent's Chief Accountant Emily Coltman explains what VAT is and what it can mean for you.

Introduce me to VAT!

VAT Guides

Registering for VAT - what you need to know

Do you need to register for VAT? Find out the details in this article.

A guide to different VAT rates

What's the difference between standard, discount, and zero-rated VAT? Find out in this article.

Charging and reclaiming VAT

A guide about how to charge and reclaim VAT.

What's the difference between "invoice" and "cash" accounting for VAT?

An explanation of the different VAT accounting schemes.

Getting the VAT details right on your invoices

If your business is registered for VAT, there is a lot of information that you need to make sure you include on your invoices.

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme

Would you be better on the VAT Flat Rate Scheme?

Here's an introduction to the UK's flat rate VAT scheme for small businesses.

Could you save money on the VAT flat rate scheme?

Read more about the Flat Rate scheme and what it means for small businesses.

VAT and FreeAgent

File your VAT returns directly to HMRC with FreeAgent

Find out how FreeAgent can fill and file your VAT return.

Current UK VAT rates

Standard rate 20%
Reduced rate 5%
Zero rate 0%

Stay up-to-date with the current VAT rate with our UK tax rates tracker.

VAT Calculator

Would I be better off on the VAT Flat Rate Scheme?

Other Topics

Submit your VAT return online

FreeAgent makes it easy to track all your business expenses.

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