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When your turnover in any one year reaches 83K you must register and account for VAT. Any VAT from sub contractors are then an input tax which can be reclaimed quarterly. Here is the advice from the Gov UK web site in this matter:
'There’s a time limit for backdating claims for VAT paid before registration. From your date of registration the time limit is:
- 4 years for goods you still have, or that were used to make other goods you still have
- 6 months for services
You can only reclaim VAT on purchases for the business now registered for VAT. They must relate to your ‘business purpose’. This means they must relate to VAT taxable goods or services that you supply.
You should reclaim them on your first VAT Return (add them to your Box 4 figure) and keep records including:
- invoices and receipts
- a description and purchase dates'
As you are probably aware once registered for VAT meticulous book keeping, invoicing and retention of records is essential. I recall a VAT inspector demanding to see the receipt for 13p, yes 13 pence, of input tax reclaimed!
I do hope that you have found my reply of assistance.