Posted by James Pearson on 30 Mar 2017

Time to reconsider use of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme?

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) has been around for some years now and for those making use of it has been an effective way of managing VAT reporting by being far more straightforward to operate than the standard VAT basis.

Changes are however being introduced to the FRS from 1 April 2017. This is going to affect a wide range of businesses HMRC deems as ‘low cost’ by increasing the flat rate % used to calculate VAT payable to HMRC.  The impact of this change is likely to reduce or eliminate the advantage to being on the FRS for low cost businesses, with the scope fairly widely cast in order to capture most businesses who are not buying/selling physical goods as their main business activity.

As an example, where your main business costs are services and travel based, in most cases it is no longer going to be effective to remain on the FRS. This needs to be assessed based on your current profile of expenditure, to determine if the new FRS rules for limited cost businesses will apply. The conclusion could well then be that it makes sense to leave the FRS.

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See also…


VAT – Benefits of the Flat Rate Scheme

Tax Rates and Allowances

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