Making You Count The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
Making you count Login 

Welcome to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers UK forum

New to the forum? See our Getting Started Guide

New Website

New Website now live! Check it out

The forum has a new look too


ICB Main Site -> Forum Home -> Software -> VAT on Quickbooks Online
VAT on Quickbooks Online
Wed 12 Dec 2012 02:43 PM

11 posts
Hi all,

I am using Quickbooks Online for a client who is VAT registered (on a flat rate) but who sub contracts to a number of non-VAT registered suppliers. Does anyone know which VAT code I should be using for entering bills for these suppliers? Doing a bit of research on here and some other forums it seems that Quickbooks used to have a 'N' code for non-registered suppliers (maybe it still does on the desktop version?) but Online doesn't seem to have this. There are the usual rates (exempt, zero, reduced and standard) and also the options of classing the bill as 'out of the scope' of VAT.

This doesn't seem to me to be a particularly complex or unusual problem so I'm assuming there's a simple answer that I'm just missing! Any help much appreciated.


Wed 12 Dec 2012 10:34 PM


No Membership

1159 posts
Hi Allie,

the code you are looking for is 'O' for outside the scope of VAT.  All purchases from non VAT registered businesses should be entered as this so they don't appear on the VAT return at all.

some will argue they should be zero or exempt, but I don't believe the guidance from HMRC backs this up.



Kris McCulloch

Winner - BKN Most Innovative Accountancy Firm 2012

Latest Blog Post: Bookkeepers Award 2015

Thu 13 Dec 2012 01:26 PM

11 posts
Hi Kris - that's great, thankyou!  
First Previous - Page 1 of 1 - Next Last

Posts on this forum are not the views or opinion of the ICB unless stated
The ICB reserves the right to moderate or remove any posts made on this forum
Any abusive posts or users should be reported to

By using this forum you are agreeing to abide by the full Forum Terms and Conditions viewable here


© The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers