You could save money on your business energy bills, if you’re eligible for business energy VAT exemption.
Why does my business have to pay VAT?
Even if you're VAT registered you will still be required to pay VAT on certain goods and services, such as electricity and gas. However, if you’re VAT registered and you pay more VAT than you charge your customers, then you will be able reclaim the difference from HMRC.
Some businesses are able to apply for a reduced rate of 5% VAT.
You are eligible to apply for VAT exemption if:
- You manage residential properties such as care homes, student accommodation, flats or caravan parks, and the energy will be used for domestic use
- You’re a charity
- You run a religious building
- You’re a free school or academy
- You own or manage self-catering holiday accommodation, including caravans
- Your business uses less than 1,000 kWh/ month of electricity or 4,397 kWh/month of gas (check your latest bills to see how much you’ve been using)