VAT Calculator

Last updated: June 12, 2024
Add VAT to a price or take VAT off a price in a click with our handy online tool
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How to use the VAT calculator

Calculating VAT for VAT-inclusive and VAT-exclusive prices has never been easier. Only 3 easy steps for calculation:

  • Check the VAT rate. It’s preset to 20%
  • Enter the net or gross sum
  • Click "Remove VAT" to deduct tax from figure or "Add VAT" to calculate amount with tax
Tax rate is set for UK VAT calculation
Country of VAT United Kingdom
Currency Pound sterling
Standard rate 20%
Reduced rate 5%

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What are the features of Vatulator?

Our tool has a number of advantages over competitors, including calculation accuracy, ease of use and much more.
Accurate results

Accurate results

Our calculator always rounds the number down, unlike many similar calculators. So, you can always be sure your calculations are correct.

Reverse VAT calculation

Reverse mode

If you need to find Net or Gross price knowing VAT amount and VAT rate try our reverse calculator.

Flexible tax rates

Flexible tax rates

Vatulator allows you to specify any tax rate, not just the standard VAT rate of 20% or the reduced VAT rate of 5%.

Works without internet

Works without internet

Vatulator is designed as a progressive web application. This makes it possible to do calculations even without access to the internet.

Export and share results

Export and share results

You can export the result as text at the touch of a button. You can also share a link to the result with a single click.

Calculation history

Calculation history

Soon you will have the ability to keep a history of all calculations. This can be useful for HMRC Making Tax Digital compliance.

How much is VAT in the UK?

VAT (known in some countries as a GST) is a sales tax and is charged on most goods and services provided by VAT-registered businesses in the UK and the Isle of Man. The current standard rate of VAT is 20%. The reduced rate of VAT is 5%.

Reduced-rate items Zero-rated items VAT exempt items
Children's car seats Children's clothing and shoes, public transport Betting and gaming
Women's sanitary products Books and newspapers Subscriptions to membership organisations, postage stamps
Residential conversions Food - except meals in restaurants Fundraising events by charities
Installation of energy-saving materials Most goods you export to a country outside the UK Some education and training
Domestic fuel and power Motorcycle helmets Providing credit and Insurance

Value Added Tax is collected on behalf of HMRC by businesses that are VAT registered. After registration, each company receives its own VAT number. These same business can also claim VAT back on relevant purchases.
In the United Kingdom Value Added Tax was introduced in 1973 as a replacement for Purchase Tax and Selective Employment Tax, as a condition of UK entry into the European Economic Community. You can find out more about VAT on Wikipedia.
standard rate

The standard rate of VAT in the UK was increased from 17.5% on 4 January 2011.

reduced rate

The reduced rate of 5% is applied to some goods and services such as children’s car seats and home energy.

zero rate

Zero VAT rate is applied to a range of products and services to do with health, publishing and kids’ clothing.

UK VAT rate history

Date VAT changes
1st April 1973 10% Value Added Tax has been introduced in the UK
29th July 1974 VAT rate reduced to 8% but 25% fuel tax introduced
18th June 1979 Value Added Tax rate increased to 15%
1st April 1991 The VAT rate has been increased to 17.5%
1st December 2008 Standard sales tax rate reduced by 15%
1st January 2010 The standard rate was increased to 17.5% and a reduced rate of 7% was introduced
4th January 2011 The standard VAT rate is increased to current 20% and the reduced rate is set at 5%

VAT receipts in the United Kingdom for last 20 years (in billion GBP)

VAT receipts in the United Kingdom

VAT Rates in European Union

Country Standard VAT Rates Reduced VAT Rates
Austria 20% 10%, 13%, 19%
Belgium 21% 12%, 6%
Bulgaria 20% 9%
Croatia 25% 13%, 5%
Cyprus 19% 5%, 9%
Czech Republic 21% 15%, 10%
Denmark 25% -
Estonia 20% 9%
Finland 24% 14%, 10%
France 20% 5.5%, 2.1%
Germany 19% 7%, 5.5%
Greece 24% 13%
Hungary 27% 5%, 12%, 7%, 18%
Ireland 23% 13.5%, 4.8%, 9%
Italy 22% 4%, 5%, 10%
Latvia 21% 12%
Lithuania 21% 9%, 5%
Luxembourg 17% 14%, 3%, 8%
Malta 18% 5%, 7%
Monaco 20% 5.5%, 10%, 2.1%
Netherlands 21% 9%
Poland 23% 8%, 5%
Portugal 23% 6%, 13%
Romania 19% 9%, 5%
Slovakia 20% 10%, 6%
Slovenia 22% 9.5%, 5%
Spain 21% 10%, 4%
Sweden 25% 12%, 6%

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What users are saying

Vatulator's reviews & testimonials: see what other are saying. You can also leave your review here or on Smart Reviews, Trustpilot, G2 or Capterra

Cristian Sarasanu
July 31, 2021

Vatulator is a quick and efficient tool for calculating how much money you pay for a certain product. Sadly, the only region it can be useful in is the United Kingdom. I wrote a full review here

August 1, 2021

Christian, thanks for the feedback! In my calculator you can change the VAT rates as you like. I have also made pages for United Arab Emirates, South African and Irish users. There is also a Ukrainian and a Russian version of the calculator. By the way, we are hiring a copywriter to localize the site into other languages.

James Nichols
August 7, 2021

Please add exporting data to excel

September 15, 2021

Due to this tool, you will easily find out how much income tax you have to pay according to your salary and annual dividends. My full review here

November 13, 2021

If you make a drop-down list with rates for any country then it would really be a universal VAT calc.

Bryan Adams
March 8, 2022

I use this calculator to calculate the price without VAT. I think it will be more convenient to work out VAT if the VAT percentage will be in the form of a slider.

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