What Is Output VAT?

by Sarah Rogers; Updated September 26, 2017
HM Revenue and Customs is the government agency responsible for collecting UK VAT tax.

Valued added tax is a national tax on goods and services that is assessed by countries in the European Union. Output VAT refers to the amount of VAT tax charged on a sale.

Rates

In the United Kingdom, the VAT rate is set at three levels: zero, 5 and 17.5 percent. Goods and services are classified and assigned one of the three rates. For example, if an item costs 100 pounds and is taxed at the 17.5 percent rate, the output tax is 17.50 pounds.

VAT Collection

Businesses should report output VAT, or VAT charged and collected, every three months to the UK government’s Revenue and Customs agency.

Offsetting

Businesses may offset the amount of VAT to be paid to the government by deducting input VAT from output VAT. Input VAT is the VAT paid by the business on business supplies.

About the Author

Sarah Rogers has been a professional writer since 2007. Her writing has appeared on Nile Guide, Spain Expat and Matador, as well as in “InMadrid.” She is also the author of “Living in Sunny Spain Made Easy.” Rogers often writes about living abroad and immigration law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and Spanish from San Francisco State University.

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