I spotted where I had made a mistake in my own accounts this week on my pre VAT return submission checks. I had chosen codes for if I was based in the Republic of Ireland by mistake instead of the UK ones.
So, where are the best resources on the Sage Knowledgebase for you to find which VAT codes you should be using post-Brexit and if you are on the latest version?
The best page can be found here which shows you for every tax code exactly how it affects your VAT code and what the tax code configuration looks like in Sage50c.
If you go to Settings then click on Configuration and choose the VAT Codes page you can see how each code is made up and what tick boxes you need for each scenario. It means that if you have a company that has not used the default tax codes in the past, you can still know how to set up your new bespoke codes so the right entries go into the right boxes in your VAT return.
An example of one giving people a lot of headaches are the codes where you no longer pay the supplier the VAT. You now only pay the net amount, but you need to report the VAT in both boxes 1 and 4 of the VAT return so no money changes hands, but you have included the amounts in the return.
An example of this is T24 which is standard rated purchases of services from suppliers in the EC. Now, what you need in this case is 20% in the 'Linked To' box in Sage, but 0% in the settings on the left. I found in my copy of Sage50c this was actually set up wrong after I did the upgrade and I had to correct this myself.
So, if VAT codes are really confusing you then try thinking about where in your VAT return you need the numbers to go and look up the codes here to get the settings correct.
Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.
She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.
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