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VAT threshold with two businesses

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I am seeing a potential client today who wishes to engage a bookkeeper (he has an accountant for the Final Accounts side).  He has one business as a sole trader and the other as a partnership.  He has told me the combined turnover is over the VAT threshold.  My question is, should he be VAT registered or does the fact that one is a partnership override the norm of “total turnover“.

I‘ve tried to find an answer on HMRC website but, as yet, have found nothing.

Thanks all



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I found this blog about Splitting your business to avoid VAT threshold which might give some help towards a decision.



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