VAT rate change for hospitality and tourism sector
UPDATED 19 May 2022
VAT rate for hospitality changes back to 20% from 1st April.
This explains what to do to revert back to Standard 20% rate.
About the changes
The UK VAT rate on hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions is changing back to the STD 20% VAT rate from April 1st.
Transactions where you have been using the 12.5% rate will now be at a Std rate of 20%. VAT.
For detailed information about what's included, see the government support page:
What do I need to check?
Here is a list of all the different areas and transactions that you may need to update. If you think an area applies to your business, select the link for more information.
Update any ledger accounts which use a default VAT rate of Lower rate 2 12.5% to Standard 20%.
Update your bank rules and make sure any bank transactions from bank feeds or bank statement imports that relate to hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions, use the Standard 20% rate.
Do this the first time you import transactions from a bank feed or bank statement after 1st April.
If you have copied existing transactions that use the 12.5% rate, change the VAT rate applied before saving the invoice.
VAT Cash Accounting
Even if you use VAT Cash Accounting, VAT is still calculated when you create an invoice.
You still need to consider the VAT rate being applied on invoices after 1st April.
If you use Flat Rate VAT, the percentages you apply may change part-way through the VAT period.
Check for any changes when you calculate VAT payments after the rate change.
Check for transactions dated after 1st April that use the 12.5% rate and update them to use the 20% VAT rate.
This may affect you if you previously changed the default VAT rate to Lower rate 2 12.5%on any categories that relate to hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions.
Each category holds a default VAT rate to save you from having to select the correct rate each time you use it.
If you have already changed the default VAT rate to the Lower Rate 2 12.5% on any ledger accounts, change these back to the Standard 20%.
When to make these changes
Make these changes once you start processing new transactions dated from 1 April onwards.
Find out what VAT rates are set on categories
The VAT rate set on each category is shown on the Chart of Accounts list.
Use any previously exported chart of accounts list to trace the ledger accounts that need to be updated, or export your chart of accounts list to find all the ledger accounts using the Lower rate 2.
- Select Settings, then Business Settings, then Chart of Accounts.
- From the New categorydrop-down, select Export Accounts.
- Once exported. download the file from the file icon.
Change the VAT rate on a category
- Select Settings, then Business Settings, then Chart of Accounts.
- Use the search to find the category to change.
- Select the required category.
- Choose Standard from the VAT Rate drop-down.
You cannot change the value of a recurring payment or receipt, so you must
Stop the recurrence on the last recurring entry before the rate change.
Set up a new one with the standard VAT rate to start on the first recurrence date on or after 1 April, then make that transaction recurring.
Locate your recurring entries
- From Banking, open the Bank Account you want to view.
Change the From date to a date before the oldest current recurring entry occurred.
For example, you have a recurring entry every 3 months. If the next entry is 15th April, set the From date to 15th January or before.
- Change the To date to today.
- You will see in the Recurrence column. This is the last recurrence in a sequence.
Cancel the Recurrence
- Click the transaction to open the details.
- Go to Edit Recurring.
- Select Stop Recurrence.
The recurring icon will no longer appear next to the transaction.
You will now need to set up a new recurring entry with the correct VAT rate of 20% then make it a recurring transaction.
Similarly when you create a bank rule, the VAT rate applied to import a bank transaction is set on the rule.
If you're in the hospitality industry, the VAT rate applied to some items may change from 1 April, so you'll need to make sure you manually select the correct VAT rate on applicable transactions and edit any affected bank rules.
What do I need to do?
When importing transactions from a bank feed or bank statement, make sure you check and select the correct VAT rate before creating a new transaction.
If you're using bank rules, edit the rule and change the VAT rate.
Edit a bank rule
- From the incoming bank transactions list, select Rules.
- Select the rule to change.
- Change the VAT Rate or category.
To do this:
- Select the transaction you want to copy.
- Click Copy, then make any necessary changes to the new invoice if required.
- For any items on the transaction that relate to hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions, change the VAT rate to Standard 20%.
- Click Save.
The first calculation should start from day one of your accounting period to the last day of that flat rate. The second should start from the date of the new flat rate to the end of your accounting period.
For full details, see:
In Accounting Start you first need to identify which transactions should be processed at the reduced rate.
The new flat rate will vary between different types of business. See https://www.gov.uk/vat-flat-rate-scheme/how-much-you-pay
In the following example we use the current reduced flat rate of 4.5% and a new reduced flat rate of 8.5%.
- Calculate the VAT Return for the full VAT period and print the Detail report.
- Find transactions that appear in Box 6 of the VAT Return dated after 1 October.
Identify which of these transactions also appear in Box 1 of the VAT Return.
Add the Gross (VAT inclusive) values of these transactions.
- Multiply the total by 4.5%.
- Multiply the total by 8.5%.
- Calculate the difference.
Adjust box 1 and reduce the value owed by the difference.
Submit the Return to HMRC.
- Your VAT Return at 4.5% has a Box 1 value of £10,000
- Box 6 contains £500 (Gross) of transactions that should be at 8.5%
- £500 * 4.5% = £22.50
- £500 * 4.5% = £42.5
- The difference is £20
- Adjust Box 1 up by £20.
The quickest way to see future-dated transactions is to run the Nominal Activity report.
- Go to Reporting and from the drop-down select More.
- Select Nominal Activity.
- For the Period choose Custom.
- Change the From date to 01/04/2022.
- Change the To date to 31/03/2023.
Click Calculate.If you have no values in the Total Debits this period and Total Credits this period columns then you have no future dated transactions .
- Select Export Detailed.
- Confirm you want to Export All Accounts.
- Select your preferred format (CSV or PDF).
- Once completed, the Detailed Nominal Activity report shows in your reports folder at the top of the screen.
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