Bespoke retail schemes

By Tolley

The following Value Added Tax guidance note by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Bespoke retail schemes
  • Bespoke agreements
  • Amending bespoke agreements
  • HMRC withdraws permission to use a bespoke scheme
  • Daily Gross Takings (DGT)
  • Types of bespoke agreements
  • Conclusions

This guidance note provides an overview of the bespoke retail schemes. This note should be read in conjunction with the Retail schemes - overview guidance note.

SI 1995/2518, regs 6675; VAT Notice 727/2 ; De Voil Indirect Tax Service V3.574; VRS6000

The following businesses may need to use a bespoke retail scheme:

  • businesses that are VAT registered
  • businesses that make retail sales
  • businesses that cannot use the normal VAT accounting rules, and
  • businesses with an annual taxable VAT exclusive retail turnover exceeding £130m

A bespoke retail scheme is a method implemented by retail businesses in order to identify output VAT due on retail sales. Bespoke retail schemes are usually based on a standard retail scheme that has been specially tailored to meet the specific business requirements. Due to the rapid advancement of information technology, electronic tills are now very sophisticated and can normally determine the correct VAT rate that is applicable to each item at the time it is sold by a retailer. Therefore the majority of larger retailers would use a bespoke point of sale retail scheme in order to account for VAT due on their retail sales.

If the business makes internet sales in the UK, the sales record will normally enable the business to account for VAT correctly on the

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