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VAT Returns may soon be monthly…

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From January 2017 the European Commission would like to make VAT returns monthly in all member states. Currently most UK businesses file quarterly, they only file monthly if they get regular refunds.

The European Commission see this as cutting red tape, but I am not sure how going from 4 returns to 12 returns cuts red tape?

The Commission say they have received complaints from companies who do business across Europe about confusion over the frequency of returns.

The EC is hoping to introduce a single format return, with just five mandatory boxes.  This will include:

  1. input VAT;
  2. output VAT;
  3. net VAT payable;
  4. value of input transactions; and
  5. value of output transactions.

and there could be a concession for small businesses allowing them to continue to do quarterly returns.

Do you think monthly returns would be better or worse for UK Business?

steve@bicknells.net


1 Comment

  1. John Chapman says:

    God help us

    Hopefully all my clients will be in the small employers exception so will still be on a quarterley basis. .

    It is hard enough to get our clients to meet a quarterley deadline

    Not certain how this can be classed as simplification.

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