Guidance

Help and support for VAT

Get help with VAT by using videos, webinars, online courses and email updates from HMRC.

Available webinars are listed by subject and can last up to an hour.

To attend an upcoming live webinar, register and sign in at least 5 minutes before it starts.

You can ask your host questions during live webinars using the on-screen text box.

Introduction to VAT

Use the online guide about getting started to find out:

  • when to register for VAT
  • rates of VAT
  • case studies

When to register your business for VAT

Watch a YouTube video to find out if you need to register your business for VAT:

registering your business for VAT

When you’ve registered

Watch a YouTube video about VAT record keeping:

record keeping

When you should charge VAT

Watch the webinar series ‘VAT: now you are registered’:

Do you need to register for VAT?

When and how to charge VAT

When and how to reclaim VAT

Which records do I need to keep for VAT?

Cancelling your VAT registration

Use the online guide about how VAT works to find out about:

  • charging VAT
  • reclaiming VAT
  • VAT Returns and payments

Accounting schemes

Watch a recoded webinar about VAT accounting schemes where we will be looking at the 3 most popular schemes:

  • Cash Accounting Scheme
  • Flat Rate Scheme (FRS)
  • Annual Accounting Scheme

Watch the webinar series on VAT accounting schemes:

What are VAT accounting schemes?

What is standard accounting for VAT?

What is the VAT Cash Accounting Scheme?

What is the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme?

VAT Flat Rate Scheme

Watch a recorded webinar about Flat Rate Scheme. This will cover:

  • what the FRS is
  • limited cost business and how to check if this applies to you
  • how to keep VAT records
  • how to fill in your VAT Return

Watch the series of webinars about the VAT FRS:

What is the VAT FRS?

The FRS - charging and reclaiming VAT

The FRS - VAT Returns and records

How to do your VAT Return

Watch a recorded webinar about how to do your VAT Return.

This webinar is suitable for businesses using VAT standard accounting and looks at:

  • how and when to send your VAT Return
  • useful tips on how to complete a VAT Return

How to complete and send your VAT Return

Watch a YouTube video about how to submit your VAT Return online:

how to submit your VAT Return online

Watch a recorded webinar about how to complete your VAT Return. This webinar is suitable for businesses using VAT standard accounting and looks at:

  • how and when to send your VAT Return
  • useful tips on how to complete a VAT Return

Watch the series of webinars about how to complete your VAT Return:

When to submit VAT Returns and make payments to HMRC

How do you submit your VAT Return online

How to fill in a VAT Return and correct mistakes

VAT on motoring expenses

Watch the series of webinars about VAT motoring expenses:

When you can and cannot reclaim VAT on a vehicle

How to reclaim VAT on business fuel

New VAT reverse charge for construction services

Register for the next live webinar on the new VAT reverse charge for construction services. If you’re in the Construction Industry Scheme you will find out:

  • if the changes affect you
  • how they may impact your cashflow
  • how to prepare for the change

Watch a recorded webinar about the VAT reverse charge.

Published 29 September 2017
Last updated 25 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Webinars on ‘VAT accounting schemes', ‘VAT Flat Rate Scheme’, ‘How to do your VAT return’ and ‘How to complete and send your VAT return’ have been amended.
  2. Webinars on 'how to do your VAT Return' and the 'VAT reverse charge' have been added.
  3. A webinar about the new VAT reverse charge for construction services has been added.
  4. Webinars for 'VAT Accounting Schemes', 'VAT Flat Rate Schemes', 'How to complete your VAT Return' and a video to 'Find out if you need to register your business for VAT' have been added to the page.
  5. The when you’ve registered, VAT Flat Rate Scheme and how to complete your VAT Return webinars have been updated.
  6. A VAT Flat Rate Scheme live webinar has been added.
  7. The webinars for 'VAT on goods when trading with other countries' and 'VAT on the supply of services when trading with other countries' have been removed.
  8. The latest webinars about VAT, when you've registered, accounting schemes, VAT flat rate, complete your VAT return and VAT on motoring expenses have been updated.
  9. The latest webinars for introduction to VAT, when you've registered, accounting schemes and VAT flat rate scheme have been updated.
  10. The catch up webinar for VAT accounting schemes has been updated.
  11. The latest webinars about accounting schemes and how to complete your VAT return have been updated.
  12. The latest webinars about what to do after you've registered for VAT and VAT on motoring expenses have been added.
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