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VAT exempt

VAT exempt means that for something you don’t have to pay or charge VAT.

When you need to care about VAT exempt services if you’re self-employed:

  • if you provide them, you don’t need to register for VAT and charge VAT for them (even if you earn over the VAT threshold of £85,000)
  • if you purchase them, you can’t claim back VAT from HMRC.

Example of goods and services that are VAT exempt:

  • education and training
  • fundraising events
  • finance, like interest on loans or insurance
  • subscriptions or memberships

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