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VAT Basics: Should Small Businesses and Startups Register Voluntarily?

  • Small businesses/start ups have the option to register for VAT voluntarily
  • Voluntary registration can provide certain benefits for businesses
  • It allows businesses to reclaim VAT on their purchases
  • It can make the business appear more professional and established
  • It may be beneficial for businesses that plan to expand and exceed the VAT threshold in the future
  • However, there are also potential drawbacks to voluntary registration, such as increased administrative burden and potential cash flow issues
  • It is important for businesses to carefully consider their individual circumstances and consult with a professional advisor before making a decision.


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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