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What do the VAT code letters mean?

I've read the Common VAT codes but recently the codes offered in the QBO drop down list seem to differ. For example is Code E (0%) the same as Exempt? Is Code N (0%) the same as No VAT? Sometimes NO VAT is not offered as a choice.

Where can I find a glossary of VAT Code meanings that actually coincide with the VAT codes offered by QBO?

I must be missing something as up until recently, VAT coding seemed a lot more straightforward.

Thanks

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Hi cndhome. Thank you for contacting Community. The...

Hi cndhome.


Thank you for contacting Community.


The VAT codes listed on QuickBooks are set as default based on HMRC's tax code system. A short description of the tax codes can be found on the QuickBooks Taxes page. If you click Taxes on the left of the screen and then click the drop down arrow next to Edit VAT in the top right corner, you will have the option to Edit Rates. Here you will find a list of descriptions for the current rates active on your QuickBooks Online account.


If you have any further queries regarding specific VAT codes, I would recommend speaking directly with HMRC's VAT department, their contact number is 0300 200 3700.


Let me know if you have any queries. Or, if you'd like to go through this over the phone, you can call our dedicated team who will be happy to assist you. Our contact details can be found here along with our opening hours.



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Hello, can you please just answer the question? This user...

Hello, can you please just answer the question? This user asked what the codes stand for and everyone else reading your answer will be equally frustrated that you didn't just simply answer the question.
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@Graceman answered your question 11 months ago - read his...

@Graceman answered your question 11 months ago - read his response.
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Totally agree with first comment - "This user asked what...

Totally agree with first comment - "This user asked what the codes stand for and everyone else reading your answer will be equally frustrated that you didn't just simply answer the question."
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BTW the ACTUAL answer is hidden in the collapsed menu sys...

BTW the ACTUAL answer is hidden in the collapsed menu system - @Graceman absolutely cant immediately see this on this page - its not obvious.  Thanks Graceman.
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Vat coding is required by HMRC not only to account for va...

Vat coding is required by HMRC not only to account for vat opwd/refunded but to gather information.

S = standard rate vAT

R = Reduced rate (Gas & Electricity)

E = Exempt

N = Not registered.

Not Vat records no information to the tax return and for Uk is rarely used.

Now it gets more interesting

Ecs = Ec services

Ecg = Ec goods

Ecz ec zero rated

Anything with Ec is to do with Ec trade and there are various scenarios as to which apply