VAT on Printed Products
Although most prices on our website include VAT on printing, it’s important to know which printed products are VATable and which are zero-rated. This table shows which printed matter has standard rated VAT and which products are VAT free. The standard VAT rate is 20%.
|Zero-Rated||VAT Rated (20% - Standard)|
|Colouring Books (Children's)||Coupons|
|Orders of Service||Laminated Products|
|Price Lists (Without an Order Form)||Manuscripts|
|Sports Programmes||Order Books or Forms|
|Price Cards and Tags|
*Please note that there are certain criteria regarding VAT on flyers. Leaflets must meet for the product to be zero-rated. There must be a significant amount of text on at least one side of the leaflet to ensure it is being printed as something to be read hand-held, as opposed to posting on a wall. As well as this it must be no larger than A4 and printed on paper no thicker than 230gsm stock.
Are There Any Exceptions?
Some printed products in the zero-rated list may still be applicable for VAT if they have or can be used for any of the following:
1. Voucher of admissions
VAT on printing is chargeable if your print product is used for admission to an event. For example, using the words ‘free admission with this leaflet’.
2. Discount usage
VAT is chargeable if your print product is used to obtain a discount on goods or services, for example using the words ‘25% off with this poster’.
3. Writable area
VAT is chargeable if your printed product has an area designed to be written on. For example, invitations, certificates, postcards or forms. To be charged, this area must cover at least 25% of the artwork.
4. Writable booklets
All books and booklets are exempt from VAT charges unless they are designed and printed to be written in, like diaries, calendars and record books.
HMRC has a helpful guide with the full details of the VAT on printing services.
What Happens if I Need to Pay VAT on Printing?
Our website states that VAT included where applicable, this means we have already done the leg work in sorting out which has VAT and which is Zero Rated. If you are after a bespoke product and are using our printing services and purchasing something with us that is included in the exceptions list above, we will check this for you when we come to do our artwork checks. We will then be in contact with you to arrange payment of the VAT.