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VAT Flat Rate Scheme. How do I work out profit on my sales

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VAT Flat Rate Scheme.How do I work out profit on my sales with the above scheme?For example, if my selling price is £10 plus VAT = £12
My Cost Price is £5 plus VAT = £6If the VAT payable under the Scheme is 4% of turnover is it 4% of £10 or £12, and then how do I go on to calculate the profit on the sale?Thank you in advance.Regards,

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Profit calculation - VAT Flat Rate Scheme

Selling price £12.00 (incl VAT)

Cost price £6.00 (incl VAT

Margin £6.00

VAT payable £0.48 (4% of total sale incl VAT under the scheme)

Net profit £5.52

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi,Thank you for your answer.What is confusing me, is that £2 of the selling price in my example is VAT, and if we were asked to produce a VAT invoice, it would be:Goods - £10
VAT - £2
Total - £12So, even though we would only be paying over 48p to the VATman, would a calculated net profit of £5.52 not mean that we are actually making a profit out of VAT?Regards,

Thank you for your reply.

Under Flat rate scheme, you don't reclaim VAT on your purchases. What you are paying to the VAT man is 48p instead of £1. The so called profit (VAT not passed to VAT Office) is there to cover your time and effort and is given to you by the VATman.

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