Is it possible to claim back VAT on your business energy bill?
Even though paying VAT is a business-to-business transaction, you cannot claim back the VAT on your business energy bill.
However, you can pay the reduced rate of 5% if you fulfil certain criteria. For example, when:
- you use less than 40% of your energy for business purposes
- your business is a not-for-profit organisation or charity
You can claim a partial refund if you were paying the default 20% while being eligible for a lower rate.
The government's advice states that you have the ability to reclaim the 20% of the VAT on your energy bills when you work from home. This only applies to the energy you used for domestic purposes and not for commercial usage.
You can have a look at the UK government's guidelines on their official site about VAT on commercial energy bills.
Tips for cutting down VAT on your gas and electricity bills
The easiest way to reduce your VAT expenses is for your business to qualify for the reduced rate. If your business is eligible for a discount, you must apply for it separately.
Another way to pay less business energy VAT is by working from home. VAT on domestic energy is charged at a rate of 5%. In this case, you must prove that at least 50% of your household's energy usage is for business purposes.
Here are some factors to consider when managing your business energy usage:
- Unit rate: It is the expense of the gas and electricity you use, and it is measured in kilowatt-hours. A lower unit rate will help you pay less for your energy.
- Standing charge: This the daily rate that energy suppliers charge to afford to supply energy to your property. You can reduce your energy costs by switching to an energy deal with a lower standing charge.
- Contract end date: You can only switch business energy supplier to find a better deal when your current deal ends, so it's important to know the end date.