A detailed report is generated detailing by transaction the VAT element payable on sales invoices raised and reclaimable on purchase invoices posted with the VAT rate applied to each transaction also detailed on the right hand side of the report.
The report consists of two columns, one in respect of purchases and one in respect of sales.
The total VAT in respect of Purchases and Sales is totalled to give a balance reclaimable (reflected in the Purchases column) or payable (reflected in the Sales column) to the Revenue.
Once satisfied that the Normal VAT Report is correct and has captured all transactions, tick the box to tag the transactions. This is a method of marking the invoices which have now been included in a return to the Revenue and so excludes such transactions from future returns. The tagging process prevents the amendment of any tagged transactions.
N.B. Once the report has been tagged the tagging process cannot be reversed, it is advisable to take a backup prior to tagging in the event that you may need to restore the company accounts to the point before tagging.
Restoring a back taken prior to the tagging is the only method of “reversing” this process, however any data entered between the date of the back up and the current date will be lost if a back up is restored.
UPON PREPARING A VAT RETURN, ALL SUPPORTING REPORTS USED SHOULD BE PRINTED AT THE TIME OF THE RETURN PREPARATION AND MAINTAINED FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
FOR ANY ISSUES OR SUBSEQUENT REVENUE VAT AUDIT WHICH MAY ARISE IN RELATION TO THE RETURN IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE A PAPER TRAIL TO REFER TO. THIS WILL ALSO SIMPLIFY THE FINANCIAL YEAR END RECONCILIATION OF VAT FOR THE ACCOUNTANT.
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