- 05 Apr
5 Things To Check When Completing Your VAT Return
As it is coming to the end of the VAT quarter again, I thought I would make a list of the five things that I check regarding each VAT return. The list is not intended to be comprehensive, and we are not providing any accounting advice, rather this is a list of the items that I check.
If like us your accountant produces your VAT return, you will still need to check that the figures are correct.
Bank Statements Reconcile To Accounting Records
Firstly, I reconcile our bank account back to my accounting figures, to ensure that all of the items that have gone through our bank account have been captured in our accounting records. This ensures that both items of income and expenditure, that may have VAT elements, have been included.
I check that the output VAT, the VAT element of all sales invoices, has been correctly totalled and included within the return. I also run a quick check to ensure that the VAT relates back to the volume of invoicing that we have raised. This ensures that there is a sanity check to capture any items that may have been missed. You need to be careful though if not all of your sales are subject to VAT.
Next I check the input VAT, adding up the VAT elements of any qualifying expenditure which we can offset against the output VAT. I also make a point of looking through the various supplier’s accounts that we deal with, to ensure that all of the invoices have been included.
When it comes to making the VAT payment, there are a number of items that I check. Firstly, I confirm that the right HMRC payment details have been selected. If like us you use banking software that gives you the ability to select suppliers from a list for payment, you may well have several entries for HMRC in respect of different types of tax payment. Therefore, you need to be careful when making the selection.
I make a point of checking the bank sort code and account details to confirm they are correct. Within our banking software, the VAT number, which constitutes the reference number for the payment, is already pre-populated. If this is not the case, you would need to be careful to ensure that it is correct. An incorrect or missing reference could delay allocation of your payment.
Copies Of Documents
I also check that I have copies of all the documents that relate to both the sales and purchases shown on the return. Checking these includes making sure that they each have the relevant VAT amount itemised, and that they show the VAT number of the supplier.
Problems Paying VAT
If you are worried you could have problems paying your VAT this quarter, or you have arrears, there are ways of raising finance for your business in order to assist you. The key is to start the process as soon as possible, rather than delaying, or hoping that payments will be received from debtors in order to meet your VAT liability. We offer a free business funding search service and we will be happy to help you raise money for any purpose, including payment of VAT.
- 11 Apr
Reverse factoring (sometimes called Supply Chain Finance) is a financial facility that a large company can arrange with a financier, providing a factoring service to some or all of their suppliers. It turns the whole factoring model upside down. Instead of individual suppliers having their own facilities, the substantial debtor puts in place an umbrella arrangement that benefits all (or some) of...
- 29 Jan
Credit To Pay For Raw Materials
Persuading suppliers to provide you with a sufficiently large enough trade credit to allow you to source all the raw materials that you need can be difficult. We have come across situations where manufacturers end up having to phone around suppliers in order to purchase the supplies that they need. This is why many manufacturing companies turn to invoice funding as a solution.If you are unable...
- 11 Jan
Sales Ledger Finance Versus Factoring
Sales ledger finance and factoring are two types of receivables finance (also sometimes called invoice finance), whereby the core service provided is that a prepayment is given against outstanding accounts receivable, that are owed to a business.Whilst this funding is nearly always part of a factoring service, there are some "service only" facilities that provide only the credit control without...
- 09 Jan
Alternatives To Funding Your Business With Your Own Personal Funds
When you run your own business you often end up putting in your own money, using your personal funds to keep the business going. It's the easiest of the sources of business funding, as you don't have to apply (if you already have the money) and business owners often have a "self sufficient" attitude that they don't want to turn to external sources of finance.The dangers of using your personal...
- 11 Dec
Business Cash In Time For Christmas
It's still not too late to get business finance in place in time for Christmas (just!) - but if you delay much longer the opportunity will have passed, until next year.APPLY NOWI posted the other day about how the Christmas period puts additional cash flow pressures on businesses, what with having to pay staff early, bonuses and a slow down in customer payments.Maybe you have been putting off...
- 18 Aug
Who Can Use Invoice Finance?
This is a reminder of who can meet the acceptance criteria to use invoice finance. There is a form of receivables funding to suit just about every type of business.Pretty much any industry sector has a form of receivables finance available. There are certain sectors that commonly use these products, the latest UK Finance (the industry body for receivables finance) statistics to the end of Q1 2018...
- 14 Aug
Receivables discounting, sometimes called accounts receivable discounting (or A/R Discounting), is a business financing facility whereby the debts that your customers own you are sold to funder at less than the full face value i.e. at a discount.FIND OUT THE COST OF RECEIVABLES DISCOUNTINGReceivables means the monies that you are owed by customers. These can be invoices for goods or services that...
- 19 Jul
Invoice Finance Despite Sale Or Return Terms
Normally finding invoice finance when a large customer trades on "sale or return" terms (SOR) would be impossible. However, we have just completed such a deal for one of our clients.Sale or return means that the customer receives your product and they can return it if they are unable to sell it. If they can sell it they pay for it. Invoices are often raise before the outcome of their sales...
- 29 Jun
Examples Of Invoice Finance Funding Lines We Have Arranged
Looking back over the invoice finance funding lines that we have arranged for clients over the last few months, the size of the funding lines put in place ranges quite dramatically.The invoice finance funding lines we have facilitated ranged from just £8K up to £1m, and all points in between. Quite a few have been around the £150K to £200K mark and there have been a few larger lines e.g....
- 21 May
Accounts Receivable Funding
The frustration of looking at a large sales ledger of unpaid invoices for sales, whilst having an empty bank account, can be debilitating. Not to mention the problems it causes in paying your creditors, suppliers and staff.When you first make a large sale, the feeling is exhilaration at having closed a deal. However, there can often be significant delays between making a sale, delivering the...
- 20 Apr
Transportation Factoring Companies
Transportation and distribution are key sectors for the use of factoring services. Many companies within those sectors use this form of funding, in order to unlock cash to improve their cash flow.Transport companies accounted for 6.6% of all clients of members of the ABFA (now UK Finance) as at the end of December 2017. Distribution companies accounted for 23.5% of client numbers, at the same...
- 01 Apr
Leveraging Target Company Assets To Raise Money For An Acquisition
We have continued to work with a number of parties who are looking to make acquisitions by leveraging the assets of the target company that they are acquiring. This is a way to raise part or all of the purchase price to pay for the business that is being acquired.This methodology of raising acquisition finance is not widely known, but it can be an excellent way of facilitating the acquisition of...
- 28 Mar
Funding For A Car Crash Repairer Within 3 Days
This is a great example of how quickly a car crash repair company can get funding against their invoices.We were contacted at 4:30pm by a car crash repair company that had an invoice for £4,000 that they wanted to receive funding against. The way that this type of car repairer finance works is that they receive 100% of that invoice value, less a fee for the transaction.The actual enquiry was...