Wednesday, 16 September 2020

How long you need to keep VAT records

All VAT-registered businesses must:  

- keep records of sales and purchases; 
- keep a separate summary of VAT; 
and 
- issue correct VAT invoices  

In the UK, VAT records must be kept for at least six years (or ten years if the trader uses the HMRC VAT mini-one-stop-shop (VAT MOSS) service). 

VAT records may be kept on paper, electronically or as part of a software program (e.g. book-keeping software) - but whichever method is used, the records must be accurate, complete and readable. 

HMRC can visit businesses to inspect record-keeping and impose penalties if the records are not in order.

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