How to Register for VAT Online

HMRC VAT Registration Online

In most cases businesses can register for VAT online on the HMRC website.

You either need to create or login to your Government Gateway account.  You may already have a Government Gateway account for your business if you are registered for other taxes, such as PAYE or Corporation Tax.

Completing Your VAT Registration Form Online

As part of the VAT registration process you will be asked to provide information about you and your business:

Section 1: About Your Business

HMRC requires information about your business for example whether it is a limited company, partnership or you are a sole trader as well as contact details like address, phone number and UTR number. To gain more understanding, HMRC also likes to know what your business does as well so you will be asked to complete a brief description of your businesses trade.

Section 2: About the VAT Registration

In this section HMRC is trying to understand why you are applying for VAT.  Are you choosing Voluntary Registration? Are you set to exceed the VAT registration limits so need to make a Compulsory Registration?

Why Choose to Voluntarily Register for VAT?

VAT Limits for Compulsory Registration

Section 3: Declaration

A business owner or authorised agent must acknowledge that the information provided in the form is true and correct. HMRC also requests the name, address and national insurance number of the business owner who ultimately authorises this form (so if you are using an agent, they may ask you for these details to complete the application form).

If you are unable to register for VAT online, you are able to apply for your VAT Registration by post. Just download this VAT1 form complete it and post it back to HMRC.

Anita Forrest
About Anita Forrest

Anita Forrest is a Chartered Accountant, spreadsheet geek, money nerd and creator of www.goselfemployed.co - a UK small business finance blog where she shares help and advice with the self-employed community to make topics like registering a business, bookkeeping and taxes easy to understand.