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Which tax code should I use? - from 1 January 2021 (UK only)

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This guide explains what tax code to use for purchase of goods from abroad when accounting for postponed accounting in Sage 50cloud Accounts v27.1 and above.


Based on the information you've given us, we recommend you use the following tax codes depending on the VAT rate you're applying.

Standard rated goods

Which tax code to use T18
How this affects your VAT Return

Standard and VCA schemes:

The notional tax amount appears in boxes 1 and 4.
The net amount appears in box 7.

Zero rated goods

Which tax code to use T14
How this affects your VAT Return

Standard and VCA schemes:

The net amount appears in box 7.

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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.