I would like to show VAT on the total of my invoice, but the only way I can show it at present is to add it to each line. (I charge an hourly rate, and I have to show an hourly rate that has VAT added)
How can I have it to be calculated on the total amount, rather than show it on each item?
Is there perhaps a way for VAT to be worked out by the net total of everything sold? There are 12 different VAT options to choose from and with an invoice list where we sell around 20 items it can sometimes lead to choosing the wrong VAT option for one of the items.
You've got me here to help share some information about how VAT works in QuickBooks Online.
You have the option to enter directly the VAT amount of your sold items instead of having QuickBooks to calculate the amount for you. However, you still need to select a VAT code so Quickbooks will determine the box on your VAT return to post the amount.
You can do this by creating an invoice which is exclusive of tax, then select 20.0% S as the VAT Code. Once done, you can now edit the subtotal amount. Please see the screenshot below to visualize the process.
Here are some good references that you can check out about handling VAT in QuickBooks: