VAT Calculator

VAT Calculator
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VAT Calculator

The Value-Added Tax (VAT) calculator allows you to calculate a price before VAT, a VAT rate, or a price that includes VAT. To calculate the third value, enter values for two of the three accessible inputs.

What is VAT ?

VAT (value-added tax) is an indirect consumption tax levied on the added value to products or services at various points of the supply chain, such as manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, supply, or any other step that adds value to a product. VAT is a common source of income for governments all around the globe, accounting for about 20% of all tax revenue. It is the most widely used consumption tax in the world, with more than 160 nations enforcing it. All member nations of the European Union (EU) are legally obliged to impose a minimum VAT rate, which has steadily risen since its inception in the twentieth century. The United States is the world’s only developed nation that does not utilize VAT.

Differences in VAT between countries

While all nations follow a basic VAT design, the specific details of each country’s implementation vary significantly. The VAT in one nation may differ from the VAT in another. The taxes levied on particular products or services, whether the taxes apply to imports or exports, and the procedures for filing, payment, and penalties are all examples of differences across nations. In the Philippines, for example, elderly people are free from paying VAT on most products and services purchased for personal use. A lower VAT rate applies to some goods in China, such as books and oils, in addition to the normal VAT rate. Many nations do not levy VAT on a variety of products, including education, food, health care, and government fees.


In certain countries, such as Australia and Canada, a GST, or goods and services tax, is used instead of VAT. Furthermore, the words are often interchanged (sometimes even with “sales tax”), even though GST and VAT in different nations may vary dramatically. There isn’t a single nation that has both a GST and a VAT.

VAT Process Demonstration in Simplified Form

There are many reasons why a local farmer and roaster’s beans are exempt from paying VAT when they are sold by a coffee shop owner. Assume a ten percent VAT. Each individual or company in the chain must submit VAT documentation to the government.
Fresh coffee beans are initially procured from a nearby grower. If the roaster pays $5.00 per pound of fresh coffee beans, the VAT of $0.50 ($5.00 x 10%) is added to the bill, resulting in a total of $5.50 for each pound of coffee beans received by the farmer. The coffee beans are roasted by the roaster, who costs the coffee shop owner $10.00 per pound of roasted beans. There are 10 cents in 10 percent VAT, therefore the retailer will have to pay $11.00 to roast the beans, plus the 10 cents. The roaster, on the other hand, just needs to pay $0.50 in VAT to the government since the farmer has already paid the first $0.50. You may make $20 selling one pound of roasted coffee beans for $5.00 per cup. The store owner gets a total of $22.00 from consumers who purchase his coffee, $20.00, plus $2.00 VAT for every 5 cups of coffee sold. The store owner, on the other hand, only pays $1.00 to the government since the farmer and roaster have already paid $1.00 in VAT to the government.

Sales Tax vs. Value Added Tax

A sales tax is a kind of consumption tax that is levied on the sale of specific products and services and paid to the government. Typically, sales tax is not collected at various levels of the supply chain. Only after the process does the seller collect sales tax from the customers when they make purchases.
VAT works differently from sales tax, as seen in the example above, and is a little more complicated. When the purchaser of a goods pays the seller, sales tax is only applied once. In terms of avoiding tax evasion or malpractice, VAT is better than sales tax since taxes are imposed throughout the manufacturing and distribution process rather than only at the end. VAT, on the other hand, is more expensive to manage than a sales tax because of the extensive paper trail it requires.
Even though VAT is applied at numerous points for every product or service, there is no double taxation (tax paid on tax). Because VAT is only applied on value-added, any tax paid in previous phases may be subtracted, avoiding a cascading impact (as shown in the example). Sales tax, on the other hand, may result in double taxation.
Similar to sales tax, VAT rates are often stated as a percentage of the price. In general, retail sales taxes are lower than VAT rates, ranging from 4 to 10% vs 14 to 25%. VAT, contrary to common perception, does not tax companies more to decrease the tax burden on end consumers; instead, firms would just increase prices to compensate. Even though there are variations in when and how frequently taxing happens, the final amount in tax revenue is usually the same.
Because of its regressive character, statistics indicate that VAT impacts lower-income people more disproportionately than a sales tax. However, by properly implementing progressive rules, such as those seen in European VAT models, this may be mitigated.
It’s common to hear the terms “sales tax” and “VAT” used interchangeably.