"A very simple tax", the Chanceller of the Exchequer assured us just before the introduction of VAT in 1973.
Yeah, right. You wish. As if.
Simple? No. Easy? Easy to get wrong, for sure. And, of course, these days you have to submit your returns online, and the process for doing that is not straightforward.- this is an HMRC procedure, remember.
Have we put you off the idea of doing your own VAT returns? Good. Do please leave it to us.