The new 20% standard rate applies to goods or services to be delivered or performed on or after 4 January 2011.
Anti-forestalling rules will apply to artificial arrangements involving a VAT invoice being issued, or payment being made in advance, where the goods or services are not due to be delivered or performed until on or after 4 January 2011.
It creates a supplementary charge to VAT at 2.5% where the customer cannot recover all the VAT and at least one of the following conditions are met:
- the suppler and customer are connected persons
- the value of the supply, and any related supplies made under the same scheme, exceeds £100,000 unless the prepayment or issue of an advance invoice is normal commercial practice
- the supplier or connected person funds a prepayment for the goods or services
- an advance VAT invoice is issued where payment is not due in full within 6 months (except HP invoices issued in accordance with normal commercial practice)
Flat rate scheme
The percentages are recalculated to reflect the VAT increase to 20%. The new rates need careful scrutiny and we can undertake that exercise for you.
This scheme is available to a VAT-registered business with annual turnover up to £150,000.