VAT solicitors


VAT (Value Added Tax) solicitors usually work for small businesses calculating the amount of VAT that business needs to pay to HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) or get from HMRC.

Generally, VAT is charged whenever a business supplies goods or services. The business charges the customer VAT at a percentage of the value of the goods or services. This VAT is known as output tax. For VAT solicitors to work out what a business’s output tax is, they just need to calculate the VAT charged to customers on sales. A business will have often paid VAT on goods or services, for example when buying raw materials - this is known as input tax. When VAT solicitors are instructed to work out the VAT a business should pay, they must deduct the input tax that has been paid from the output tax and the residual tax is the amount the business owes to HMRC. It is perhaps worth noting that the business itself is not paying the VAT, but simply collecting it as it sells its goods or services.

VAT is legally defined in the Value Added Tax Act 1994 as being charged on ‘any supply of goods and services made in the United Kingdom where it is a taxable supply made by a taxable person’. A taxable supply is basically the supply of goods and services and is quite broadly defined so that more goods and services can be taxable. A taxable person is someone who is VAT registered. 

If you would like to obtain legal advice on VAT, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist VAT solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local VAT solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above. 

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