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VAT Flat rate scheme

2019-09-02T11:22:27+01:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog, VAT|Tags: , , |

The VAT flat rate scheme (FRS) is used by many small businesses to help simplify their VAT reporting obligations, although some VAT experts would argue that the scheme is not simple to use. Broadly, the FRS is a simplified VAT accounting scheme for small businesses, which allows users to calculate VAT using a flat rate percentage by reference to their particular trade sector. When using the FRS, the business ignores VAT incurred on purchases when reporting VAT payable, with the exception of capital items which cost £2,000 or more. If the business incurs few expenses, and it operates in a [...]

Changes to the VAT flat rate scheme

2019-09-01T11:54:33+01:00January 6th, 2017|Categories: VAT|Tags: , , |

In a surprise announcement in the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that changes are to be made to the existing flat rate scheme for VAT (FRS) in order to tackle perceived 'aggressive abuse'. The changes, which will take effect from 1 April 2017, are designed to 'reduce the incentive for firms and agencies to move employees to self-employment to exploit VAT simplification aimed at small businesses'. The subsequent HMRC policy paper published on 5 December sets out the details of the changes, which will affect any users, or prospective users, of the FRS. The FRS is a simplified [...]