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

Catch up with the latest available introduction to VAT webinar to find out:

What is VAT - an introduction

What are Inputs and Outputs?

Do you need to register for VAT?

How much is VAT?

Which rate of VAT should you use?

When you can and cannot reclaim VAT

What is a VAT return?

Use the online guide about getting started to find out:

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

When you’ve registered

Watch YouTube videos about:

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

How much VAT should you charge?

Charging and reclaiming VAT

When you can’t reclaim VAT

What is a VAT invoice

What is a tax point?

What records do you need to keep for VAT?

What is a VAT return?

Cancelling your VAT registration

What is a VAT account

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

  • charging VAT
  • reclaiming VAT
  • VAT Returns and payments

Accounting schemes

Watch the new webinar series on VAT accounting schemes:

What are VAT accounting schemes?

What is standard accounting for VAT?

What is the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme?

What is the VAT Cash Accounting Scheme?

What is the VAT Flat Rate Scheme?

VAT Flat Rate Scheme

Watch the new series of webinars about the VAT Flat rate scheme:

What is the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

What is a limited cost business?

Joining and leaving the Flat Rate Scheme

The Flat Rate Scheme - charging and paying VAT

How to reclaim VAT on capital expenditure goods when using the Flat Rate Scheme

More than one business - which rate should you use?

Keeping VAT records for the Flat Rate Scheme

You’re VAT Return and the Flat Rate Scheme

A Flat Rate Scheme case study

How to complete your VAT Return

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

Catch up with the latest available webinar for how to complete your VAT Return to find out:

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

VAT on motoring expenses

Catch up with the latest available webinar for VAT on motoring expenses to find out when you can reclaim VAT on:

  • cars
  • hired and leased vehicles
  • commercial vehicles
  • other motoring expenses

VAT refunds for government departments, arms-length and NHS bodies

Catch up with the latest available webinar for recovery of VAT to find out:

  • when VAT can be reclaimed for contracted-out professional services (under ‘COS heading 52’)
  • what to do if you have more than one contracted-out service
  • how to get further help

VAT on goods when trading with other countries

Catch up with the latest available webinar for VAT on goods when trading with other countries to find out how to deal with VAT:

  • when you’re buying goods from and selling goods to other countries
  • for EU and non-EU trade

VAT on the supply of services when trading with other countries

Catch up with the latest available webinar for VAT on the supply of services when trading with other countries to find out:

  • how to deal with VAT when you’re supplying to and receiving services from other countries
  • EU and non-EU trade
Published 29 September 2017
Last updated 25 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. The latest webinars for introduction to VAT, when you've registered, accounting schemes and VAT flat rate scheme have been updated.
  2. The catch up webinar for VAT accounting schemes has been updated.
  3. The latest webinars about accounting schemes and how to complete your VAT return have been updated.
  4. The latest webinars about what to do after you've registered for VAT and VAT on motoring expenses have been added.
  5. First published.