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UK - Default tax codes

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The default tax codes used in Sage 50 Accounts v27.1 and above.


Tax codes identify how much VAT is paid on different goods and services.

If you're VAT registered, the tax code you enter against each transaction determines which box of your VAT Return is affected.

Let's look at the existing default tax codes, which boxes on your VAT return they affect and how they're set up in your tax codes settings.


Find the right tax code to use

We have some handy guides to help you find the correct tax code to use:

Default tax codes in your software

To check the default tax codes in your software:

  • Click Settings then click Configuration then click the Tax Codes

A list of the default tax codes appear.

TIP: If the tax code isn't listed in this guide, you can create or amend a tax code.

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The VAT or tax codes used in this article are based on the default or recommended codes set up in the software. These may be different in your software.