Regulation 13 creates an obligation for a person registered for VAT to issue a VAT invoice.
The provision includes VAT invoices in respect of cross border supplies, self-billed invoices, and authenticated receipts in the construction industry. Leaving aside these matters, the regulation prescribes that a registered person is required to provide a VAT invoice when he makes a taxable supply to a taxable person.
This means a registered person does not always have to issue a VAT invoice for every supply he makes. And, since the issue of a VAT invoice may trigger a tax point, it may be prudent not to issue a VAT invoice.
A building contractor undertakes private work (e.g: home extension). The basic tax point is when he completes the project. If he were to issue a VAT invoice when commencing the work, he will ‘accelerate’ the output tax to the date of the invoice. Instead, he would be advised to agree a schedule of payments with the customer. In the absence of a VAT invoice, a tax point is triggered only when he receives a payment. As long as he avoids the Cash Accounting scheme, he can claim input tax when he is invoiced by his supplier.
About Les Howard
Hi, I am a VAT Consultant, working mainly with charities. I am based in Cambridgeshire
I have over 20 years experience in VAT, and am currently also a part-time member of the Tax Tribunals.