Non VAT registered in UK

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Hi @GavinRufus,

 

No problem at all, I'm glad it helped. I don't believe you will need to register your business with the Government when starting out, no, and there are various considerations to make when doing so. I'd recommend checking out the website smallbusiness.co.uk, along with the Government's documentation, as it provides plenty of guidance on this topic. Some articles I'd recommend are:

 

I hope these are of some use to you as well.

 

Kind regards,

 

Victor | Shopify Social Care

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Hi @Lavaridou,

Thank you for reaching out, and I'm glad to hear that you found the post helpful. Learning and understanding your tax obligations can be a bit of a headache, and ultimately nobody at Shopify can tell you exactly what these obligations are—we are not tax advisors and different merchants will have different obligations. All we can really do is point you in the right direction of where to find this information and tell you how to set things up within the Shopify admin.

As mentioned earlier in this thread, HMRC state that VAT registration is mandatory only if you meet either of the following conditions:

* You expect your VAT taxable turnover to be more than £85,000 in the next 30-day period.
* Your business had a VAT taxable turnover of more than £85,000 over the last 12 months.

This is all per the government's website, found here. Customers in the UK or the EU will only be charged VAT if you enable taxes for either of these regions, which you should not need to do if you're not VAT registered. This is something you'll want to check in on if you are unsure, or consult with a tax professional. The government also have some information about selling abroad:

I hope this helps but let me know if you've any further queries.

Kind regards,

Victor | Shopify Social Care

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Thanks. Perfect.

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