BIM31515 - Value Added Tax: turnover below registration threshold
A trader whose taxable turnover does not exceed a specified registration threshold (`the VAT registration threshold’) does not need to register as a taxable person but may do so if they wish.
However, if the trader wishes to register they must satisfy HMRC that they make or intend to make taxable supplies in the course or furtherance their business.
The VAT registration threshold is subject to alteration. It is prescribed in Sch1 para1 Value Added Tax Act 1994 and is amended by statutory instrument, usually annually. For example, the threshold below which registration was not required was increased to £79,000 from 1 April 2013.