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Getting started with VAT

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Brexit has changed how EU member states interact with the UK. Please consult with your tax adviser on how Brexit has impacted your tax situation.

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Avalara AvaTax is a tax compliance solution that automates the complexities of calculating sales tax, VAT, and GST. Please ask your Customer Account Manager about Avalara AvaTax and how it can help with your VAT calculations.

Taxation is often one of the most complex areas of a business. The risk involved when making a mistake can be detrimental to the success of the business. While certain businesses will be able to manage their tax compliance in-house, the majority of companies will need outside assistance, be it in the form of advice or software automation.

Seeking taxation advice

There are three key ways to learn more about VAT compliance requirements:

  • Tax authorities: Tax authorities of each country often provide a wide range of resources to assist businesses with remaining tax compliant. In the UK for example, the HMRC hosts a good array of VAT information on the www.gov.uk website. 
  • Seeking Information Online: There is a wealth of information available online, some content is free while other content requires payment. Avalara's VAT Live is a great example of a free resource. Other Avalara online resources include:
  • Alternate information sources: There are a number of different publications available to assist with VAT compliance. 
  • Accountancy and VAT consulting firms: A number of firms provide consulting and advisory services for VAT compliance.

Using VAT automation software

A number of companies provide end-to-end VAT reporting and filing solutions. Software automation is able to increase accuracy while improving the efficiency of a business's VAT compliance workflow.

For example, Avalara VAT Reporting can integrate with an ERP, accounting software, and management information system, extract the relevant information, then automatically compile the required VAT returns. Avalara VAT Reporting can also file the compliant VAT Returns once they have been generated.

See also

Learning VAT Home
VAT Product Home

EU VAT Directive

 

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