Morning all, please be gentle.. I'm very embarrassed at my naivety..
I just wanted to see where I stand on this matter if anyone could give me some advice..
Long story short, I was always an Umbrella company contractor, mainly as I did not understand the whole process fully.. so anyway last year while in between contracts I decided enough was enough and went from my previous umbrella company (name removed) over to their Ltd company side of things called (name removed) .. and then around a month or so after I joined the (name removed) on a contract via (name removed)..
(name removed) helped incorporate my company, do the VAT registration, flat rate scheme, insurance via Hiscox yada yada yada..
So anyway I billed each week via my timesheet and got paid how I thought was normal.. i.e my daily rate x 5 each week..
Fast forward 56 weeks and I've now finished the (name removed) contract and I'm on another contract for the (name removed).. as I thought (name removed) were not very good for the amount of money I paid them each month (£230), I decided that as my year was up with them I'd get a new and recommended accountant used by a long standing contractor friend of mine.. all good so far there..
So now I notice each week when I'm paid, I get the 5 x daily rate plus a VAT payment additionally.. so guess what, thats when the penny drops. Yes you guessed it, I never got the VAT portion paid on any invoice during the previous 56 or so weeks that I was there for.
They never asked for my VAT registration certificate, I never knew that I needed to give them it and my accounts also never mentioned it / picked up on it..
I obviously still have all my (name removed) self bill remittances, so found the (name removed) payroll telephone number and explained the situation to them. I kind of got the impression that they were aware that they had been waiting for me to send a VAT number in just by the way the girl spoke to me.. but anyway, I was asked to email a copy of my certificate in to them and I await whatever happens next..
I just wanted to see if anyone would have any past experience of such a similar folly.. I have obviously paid my VAT dues each quarter since I started as a Ltd company but would like to claim this owed VAT back if possible.. it amounts to quite a few thousand pounds.
Thanks in advance.