VAT and Partially Exempt Organisations
Although many goods and services are subject to VAT, some are exempt (as opposed to zero rated), such as: finance, insurance, charitable fund-raising events, training and education.
You will not be able to register for VAT if all of the goods and services that your business sells are exempt from VAT. That will mean that you cannot reclaim any VAT on your business purchases.
If some of your sales are of products that are rated for VAT (even at zero rate) you can register for VAT, but if you incur any input tax on purchases that will be used to make VAT exempt supplies you will be partially exempt.
Being partially exempt means that some fairly complicated rules will govern the claiming of input tax. Two calculations will be required each time you complete your VAT return, plus an annual adjustment to ensure that the VAT is correct.
Contact us if you are partially-exempt for VAT and need help with your VAT calculations or your VAT accounting.