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Effect of increase in the VAT registration thresholds

18 March 2024 / Neil Warren
Issue: 4929 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , deregistration , VAT , Business
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Key points

  • A business can only deregister from a current or future date.
  • When a business deregisters it may need to consider sharing part or all of the VAT saving with its customers.
  • It will also be necessary to review the mix of zero-rated and standard-rated sales.
  • Bear in mind the output tax rules about stock and assets owned at the time of deregistration.

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