New VAT penalty and interest regime could be more expensive for some businesses

A new VAT penalty and interest regime may come as a shock for many businesses. It comes into effect for VAT returns beginning on or after 1 January 2023. This has been delayed from the Government's original 1 April 2022 start date.

The headline penalty rates make the changes appear to be less costly, but the introduction of late payment interest (LPI) means it will be a lot more expensive for some businesses.

Key features of the new system

Features and implications of the new system include:

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The costly implications of the new VAT penalty and interest regime

Businesses worst hit

Businesses likely to be worst hit by the new regime are those that are only late very occasionally, while those that are often late in submission and payment but only by a few days will find it more to their liking.

The new regime also replaces the repayment supplement with repayment interest. This applies where a business has submitted a repayment claim VAT return. Repayment interest will kick in from day 1 but will be at Bank of England base rate less 1% subject to a minimum rate of 0.5%.

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