One of the biggest tax considerations for British businesses is Value Added Tax (VAT).
VAT-registered companies must charge it on all goods and services and then pay this to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The majority of businesses must submit their VAT returns on a quarterly basis — though repayment traders tend to do so monthly, and others choose to do so annually through the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme.
When a VAT-registered business has paid more VAT on purchases than it has collected from sales, it can claim this difference back from HMRC. But the time it takes for HMRC to refund such payments can temporarily leave companies with a sizeable budget deficit. Fortunately, there is a way to get around this cash flow uncertainty.