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:

Do I need to register my business for VAT?

When you’ve registered

Watch a YouTube video about VAT record keeping:

record keeping

When you should charge VAT

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

  • charging VAT
  • reclaiming VAT
  • VAT Returns and payments

Accounting schemes

Watch a recorded webinar about VAT accounting schemes where we looked at the 3 most popular schemes:

  • Cash Accounting Scheme
  • Flat Rate Scheme
  • Annual Accounting Scheme

VAT Flat Rate Scheme

Watch a recorded webinar about the VAT Flat Rate Scheme. This covered:

  • what the Flat Rate Scheme 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

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.

New VAT reverse charge for construction services

Watch a recorded webinar about the VAT reverse charge. 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
Published 29 September 2017
Last updated 16 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Recorded webinars about VAT accounting schemes and the VAT Flat Rate Scheme have been updated.

  2. New live webinars added for VAT accounting schemes, VAT Flat Rate Scheme, how to do your VAT Return, new VAT reverse charge for construction services. Also a new recorded webinar has been added about the VAT reverse charge.

  3. The YouTube videos under the sections 'When to register your business for VAT' and 'When you’ve registered' have been updated.

  4. The webinar about how to do your VAT return has been updated.

  5. 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.

  6. Webinars on 'how to do your VAT Return' and the 'VAT reverse charge' have been added.

  7. A webinar about the new VAT reverse charge for construction services has been added.

  8. 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.

  9. The when you’ve registered, VAT Flat Rate Scheme and how to complete your VAT Return webinars have been updated.

  10. A VAT Flat Rate Scheme live webinar has been added.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. The latest webinars for introduction to VAT, when you've registered, accounting schemes and VAT flat rate scheme have been updated.

  14. The catch up webinar for VAT accounting schemes has been updated.

  15. The latest webinars about accounting schemes and how to complete your VAT return have been updated.

  16. 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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