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If you’re a small business owner or a member of the general public having any kind of issue with VAT, get in touch with HMRC on their dedicated Call Connection Contact Number now on (Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 515 9412 and get the answers you need immediately.

One of the most far-reaching and powerful branches of the UK government, it is no surprise that HM Revenue and Customs (most commonly referred to as HMRC) are one of the most contacted organisations in the country. Responsible for the collection of almost all taxes in Britain, perhaps the most important form of levy that the staff at HMRC deal with is that of Value Added Tax (often referred to simply as VAT).

What is VAT?

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Classed as a consumption tax, VAT is added on to the cost of any item sold through a British business – generally, this is 20% in addition to the retail price that the company is looking to sell a product for. For example, on a Samsung tablet being purchased by a customer for £120, £100 of this will be kept by the business, with the additional £20 (20% of the £100 quoted) being forward on to HMRC. However, there are a number of rates of VAT applicable for different products, with these lower levies generally applied to items deemed to be vital to the British public.

VAT is largely comparable to sales taxes in place in other countries – however, whereas sales tax only generally affects the cost for the end consumer, VAT should be added whenever any transaction of any size is made. Some have criticised this policy, with the taxation placed at every part of the supply chain generally pushing up the final recommended retail price for British customers far above levels they may be charged in other countries.

Contacting HMRC about VAT

As is the case with any form of tax, there are many people that have a number of questions regarding VAT. One of the main queries are in regard to the types of transactions that shouldn’t be subject to these levies – normally called ‘VAT Free’ – thanks to the somewhat complex nature of the structure of VAT implemented by HMRC. The types of products included under this umbrella are food, books, children’s clothing and medicine – though HMRC’s Call Forwarding to the Helpline are able to discuss in depth which items are applicable.

There are also a number of products that should be charged under a reduced rate, though these are becoming increasingly rare. Women’s sanitary products and domestic fuel are two of the items known to be charged under different VAT rates – those unsure of the different rates are always recommended to contact HMRC for advice.

HMRC’s customer service team will also be able to offer help on any number of other VAT rated issues, including the payment of outstanding tax bills, applying for an Import Duty Relief Certificate and how to reclaim VAT on purchases made.

HMRC VAT Call Connection Contact Number opening hours

Being one of the largest branches of the UK government, HMRC has a number of different departments available to deal with a range of different queries. However, despite its importance in the tax system, their VAT Call Forwarding to the Helpline is only open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and remains completely closed at weekends.

For any problems regarding VAT – whether that be paying an outstanding bill or a query that urgently needs addressing – contact the HMRC Call Forwarding to the Helpline now on (Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 515 9412.

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