As a growing small business you should consider when you should register for VAT.

  • If you’re in business, supplying goods or services within the UK and your turnover for the previous 12 months is more than the registration threshold (£79,000 at the time of writing), or if you expect it go over the threshold in the next 30 days alone then you must register for VAT.
  • If you don’t want to register for VAT you may be able to apply for an exception if you have exceeded the limit temporarily.
  • If you have taken over a VAT-registered business from someone else and your VAT taxable turnover over the last 12 months when added to the same for business you’re taking over exceeds the threshold, then you must register for VAT. The temporary exception mentioned above may also be available.
  • If you are in the UK & have received goods from other European Union countries (known as acquisitions) with a total value of £79,000 or more in the current year since 1 January or you expect to acquire more than that value in the next 30 days alone then you must register for VAT.


If you have any queries regarding VAT registration please feel free to contact us and we’ll do our best to help.