Thanks for your question. I am Sam and I am one of the UK tax experts here on Just Answer.
The basic list of what to NOT include in the VAT return is
The payment of VAT to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
Wages and salaries
Payments to HMRC for Tax, National Insurance contributions
Money drawn by you from the business or money paid into the business
Insurance claims received by you
Business rates and water rates
Loans repayments and loan advances
The cost of the MOT test
If you are a company you must exclude the dividends paid to shareholders
Road tax paid on vehicles
But Insurance can be claimed, but as no VAT is paid on Insurance, then the gross and net figure are the same. (with NIL VAT suffered)
Let me know if you require any additional information from my response
Hi - thank you that is very helpful.
I also pay another insurance - public liability, should this also to be included in the net purchases column of vat return - ie: as cost to company.
No vat is charged on this either.
my finance package has a code which excludes certain journal entries ie salaries/div's etc which is quite straight forward. just not sure about insurances.
Thanks for your further question
Public Liability is included on the VAT return, again the gross and net figure will be the same, as NIL input tax (and also its not included on the list I provided, which states what you should exclude)
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