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Is my printing subject to VAT?

VAT might be a topic that leaves you feeling cold. A browse of the HMRC website can leave you scratching your head, when the only question you really want answered is:

Is my print project subject to VAT?

How do you know if your marketing materials or company stationery are subject to standard or zero-rate tax?

At MAXX we don’t profess to be tax experts but we do know a thing or two about when VAT should and shouldn’t be applied to projects.

Here is a flavour of some printed items where VAT may not apply:

  • Advertising leaflets
  • Booklets
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Company accounts and reports
  • Flyers
  • Leaflets
  • Price lists

If your requirements are design only, standard-rate tax will apply, however, there may be savings to be made if you design and print materials together, so it’s always worthwhile considering this.

Just bear in mind that VAT may apply to the following even when being designed and printed together:

  • Stationery such as business cards, letterhead, compliment slips
  • Calendars
  • Forms
  • Postcards
  • Posters

If the item you’re looking to print is not on the list above a full list is available on the HMRC website; VAT Notice 701/10: zero-rating of books and other forms of printed matter. Or save yourself some time and drop us a line or give us a call on 01635 521224 we’ll be happy to chat through your requirements.

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