February 19th, 2018

Can I deregister from VAT?

If you believe your taxable turnover in the next 12 months will not exceed the VAT deregistration threshold (£83,000 at the time of writing) then you can apply to be deregistered for VAT.

You will need to satisfy HMRC that you have good grounds to believe your turnover will be lower, for example:

HMRC can refuse your application if they are unsure your taxable turnover will be lower.

Some other points:

HMRC will not allow you to cancel your registration if you are only going to be under the deregistration threshold by suspending your sales for 30 days or more.

Once you are deregistered for VAT then you need to keep checking you don’t go over the VAT threshold again.  Your turnover calculation will start from the date you de-registered.

You can apply online through your HMRC login.


If you know that a change in your business means you won’t exceed the VAT deregistration threshold then you can apply for voluntary deregistration.

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John manages a wide portfolio of owner managed businesses and oversees the smooth operation of the firm’s payroll department.

After obtaining his degree in mathematics from the University of Liverpool, John joined Jonathan Ford & Co in 2004 and qualified as a chartered accountant four years later. John likes to keep abreast of developments in tax and accounting and is responsible for the mentoring of junior staff.

Outside of work, John enjoys keeping fit and is a Liverpool FC season ticket holder.

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