If you are a trader based in the UK or any other EU country that has adopted vat as a medium of taxation then you should use online VAT registration for faster and secure vat registering. Most countries have computerised their vat operations and you too should save on time and effort by using all online vat services provided by your own vat department.
In the UK vat rules specify that you can apply for vat registration if your taxable sales rise over the vat threshold limit of £70,000 in the past 12 months or if you feel that they will do so within the next 30 days, although you can still register even before your sales touch this figure. However, you can at present only complete basic vat online registration by filling up and submitting vat form 1 online. This form is normally used by small businesses. If your business is a partnership firm, a group of companies, or plans to do business internationally then you can download and print all vat registration forms but will be required to fill up the form manually before sending it back to the HM Revenue and Customs or hmrc vat department.
If you plan to go in for online vat registration in another eu country that has adopted vat then you will need to first study all applicable vat rules before you register your business online. In case you have trouble in deciphering uk vat or eu vat rules then it is better if you appoint a vat agent or even a customs and excise customs vat agent in case you plan to conduct your business on an international level. This will allow you to remain safe while following all vat rules in different countries with falling foul of any department.
Once you send your vat online registration form to the hmrc department then you will receive a vat questionnaire within 15 days that will require additional details to be submitted such as your business address, telephone and fax numbers, bank account numbers, and several other details connected to your business including a few purchase and sales invoices.
Once your application is approved then you will receive your vat number and you will now need to change your invoicing method to issue vat invoices for all your sales. This vat invoice will have to display your vat no, vat rate, vat amount and the same will also need to be displayed on your vat returns that will need to be submitted to the hmrc vat department at regular intervals.
Currently, in the UK there are 3 types of vat rates applicable to all goods and services. The standard vat rate is 17.5% that is set to increase to 20% from January 4, 2011 onwards. There is a reduced vat rate of 5% and a zero vat rate on specific goods and services that will remain the same. There are also certain goods and services that are vat exempt. However, the vat rates are different in each eu country although the basic concept of charging vat tax remains the same in all vat enabled countries.
If you want to register your business for vat then going online will help save time and also allow you to securely complete the required process required for vat registration. You should simply log on to the hmrc vat department if your business is located in the UK or ask your vat agent to do so on your behalf before using online vat registration to get registered as a vat dealer without any problem.