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VAT registration

who here runs a garden maintenance business and is Vat registered?

Im currently wondering if a garden maintenance business that is VAT registered has its place in a domestic market or if i will out price myself out of the market.

Adding 20% onto my prices seems like a large ask of my customers, but would have to if i wish to grow any more.

How did others go about this move? 

I would like to hear peoples stories about there move into adding VAT in domestic gardening.

It seems like a great hurdle to me.

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  • Having to regester for VAT really killed my passion for this line of work. 

    It's been a constant nightmare trying to keep up with the VAT man. Every 3 months I feel like I'm finally starting to save a few quid and then the bill arrives and I may as well have stated at home. 

    Either avoid it at all costs or just jump in head first and try to push past this pain point. 

     

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      Look at your average t/o and back calculate monthly vat and ‘sweep’ it aside into a business savings account.

      .... or use an accounts package and have it do the ‘work’ for you 

      Then at quarter end there’s no surprises ...

  • Don't forget that you can reclaim the VAT on your bills and receipts that you currently have to absorb, so your vatable costs reduce by 20%. When pricing up private garden maintenance, I always price "£xxxxx per annum inc VAT at current rate".  

     

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