Who should register for VAT
This notice cancels and replaces Notice 700/1 (October 2019).
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1.1 What this notice is about
This notice tells you when you must registers for VAT and how to do it.
1.2 Who should read this notice
You should read this notice if you
• make business supplies of goods or services in the UK regardless of where you live, or where your business is established
• import goods into the UK
• import acquisitions if you are a business in Northern Ireland
• sell certain assets.
1.3 Force of law
Section 16 contains images of a number of VAT forms which carry the force of law under the VAT Regulations 1995 regs 5 and 10.
2 Basic principles
2.1 VAT: an introduction
VAT is a tax businesses have to charge when they make business supplies (that is, they sell goods or services) in the United Kingdom (UK) or Isle of Man.
Examples of business supplies include:
• selling new and used goods, including hire purchase;
• providing a service, for example, hairdressing and decorating;
• charging an admission price to go into buildings;
• self-employed people providing supplies, for example, some salesmen and subcontractors.
VAT is also charged on goods and some services which are brought into the UK.
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2.2 VAT rates
The standard rate of VAT is 20% for most goods and services. You can check the VAT rates for goods and services.
2.3 Taxable supplies
A taxable supply is any supply made in the UK which is not exempt from