How To Register For VAT?

Create a Government Gateway Account

If you do not have one already, you will need to create a Government Gateway account. This account will allow you to access various online government services, including VAT registration.

Gather Information

Before you start the registration process, ensure you have the necessary information at hand, including:

  • Your business details, including its legal structure (e.g., sole trader, limited company).
  • Your contact information.
  • Your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you are already registered for other taxes.
  • Details of your turnover for the past 12 months and future turnover estimates.

Register Yourself Online

Visit the HMRC website and log in to your Government Gateway account. From there, you can start the online VAT registration process. You will be asked to provide the information mentioned above. Ensure all the information you provide is accurate and up to date.

Choose Your VAT Scheme

You will need to choose a VAT scheme. The most common schemes include the Standard VAT Accounting Scheme and the Flat Rate VAT Scheme. The right choice depends on your business type and circumstances.

Submit Your Application

Once you have completed the online registration form, review it carefully for accuracy. Double-check all the information provided. Afterward, submit the application. After submitting your application, HMRC will process it. They will send you a confirmation email or letter with your VAT registration details. This includes your VAT registration number and the effective date of your registration.

Start Charging and Collecting VAT

Once registered, you will need to start charging VAT on your sales at the applicable rate. You will also be able to reclaim the VAT you incur on business expenses. Registered businesses must regularly submit VAT returns to HMRC. These returns summarize the VAT collected and paid on purchases and sales.


Ensure you keep accurate records and calculate VAT correctly. Always submit your VAT returns and payments on time to avoid penalties.

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