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Looking for a VAT Tool? Here’s What You Need to Know

Looking for a VAT Tool

As your business grows, it may be difficult to keep track of taxes and fiscal requirements. It may cost you a lot if you don’t do them well. However, if you do business in a country that requires VAT, a good VAT tool makes this process easier and more streamlined.

Before a product or a service reaches the retail stage, the tool adds a charge to every viable step of the sale process.

Benefits of a good VAT tool

It’s evident that technology has played a significant role in the issue of VAT. So is it important in the tax structure? The answer is resounding yes.

  • It eases the burden of a manual process. Doing things manually consumes a lot of time and effort, which can be used to focus on a firm’s core activity. This is one of the main advantages.
  • It helps to produce accurate results. Financial reports are conveniently processed with the ease of access to the tool.
  • There is a minimization of human error. It keeps taking care of the task automatically with minimum human effort, and at high precision. With this, you can’t expect human errors.

Disadvantages of some tools

In some parts of the world, the VAT tool has earned itself some negative reviews.

  • This system has led to increased costs to the business owners in the chain of production. Besides, while it seems uncomplicated to maintain, it is very costly to implement.
  • If the general public does not embrace the system wholeheartedly, tax evasion would not be new. It would continue and more so be widespread. For example, it is effortless for the small businesses to evade tax; they can ask the customer if he requires a receipt. They can do this if only they convince the customer that the price of the service or product being sold is of low value and thus no official receipt can be issued.
  • The burden of any purchase becomes directed to the final consumer. This system automatically spreads that burden from the raw material up to the final product, due to the increased cost of the added value.

To sum up, a vast majority of countries have adopted the use of a VAT tool. Those who are yet to accept it finally will be forced to do so.

Ideally, if everyone had it, these random extra taxes would be a thing of the past. Everything would be taken at one point. We would not need to employ so many tax officials to handle those who are shopping under the counters.

When well used, it makes things easier for a business when it comes to handling taxes.

Published: February 8, 2019

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Debraj Chatterjee

Debraj Chatterjee is a business journalist looking to find happiness in the world of startups, investments, MSMEs and more. He is a work-in-progress writer and human being. An English graduate from Standford University, writing is his passion and currently is a feature writer with ReadWrite. He is all set to spread and flap his wings, ready to soar high and touch the sky.

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