Calculating VAT?

by Kevin
(South Africa (Pretoria))

Q: How do I calculate the VAT (Value-Added Tax) included on the debtor and creditor control account?

Control accounts for debtors and creditors are the full amounts including VAT that is owed from one party to another. Assuming VAT is 14%, to calculate the VAT portion you take the total (e.g. R200) and times by 14/114.So this would be:
R200 X 14/114 = _______

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Rep. of South Africa VAT
by: Anonymous

For services rendered on an invoice to a client what would the VAT amount be on R1960 (Rands-South African currency) of 14%?

by: Anonymous

If I have the item price and selling price how do I work out the percentage?

VAT Calculation in very Simple Way
by: Chris

To put it is a very simple way.

Item price: 4,954
VAT: 14%

To get the total amount all you have to do is:

Convert the percentage rate to a decimal number

- 14 divided by 100 = 0.14 (or simply move the decimal point 2 places from right to left)


- Multiply the item price by the VAT decimal amount (4,954 X 0.14 = 693.56)

693.56 is 14% of 4954


- Add the item price and the VAT amount (4954 + 693.56 = 5647.56

5647.56 is the total cost of the item including the VAT


The key here is to know how to convert the percentage rate to a decimal number which is very simple (you just need to move the decimal point 2 places from right to left)

That means: 23% is 0.23
2% is 0.02
10% is 0.1
1% is 0.01
38% is 0.38

As simple as that!

Inclusive and Exclusive
by: Boitumelo

Hey guys I have some few questions on till slip
The total item R498.93.
1) Calculate the amount payable including 14% vat
2) What is the total amount exclusive jurisdiction of Vat

VAT Including or Excluding
by: Anonymous

How do I know when to use 14/114 if VAT is 14 percent?

by: Anonymous

You say assuming vat is 14% what do you mean by assuming. The fact is vat is 14%.

VAT exists in different countries, not just in one country. Some countries have something similar and call it a sales tax. In South Africa VAT is 14% (I think) but it's different rates in other countries that have VAT or a sales tax.

Michael Celender

VAT only
by: Anonymous


If I only have the VAT amount eggs R1356.52, how do I calculate the exclusive and inclusive amounts. 10% is easy as you only move the dot, and 5% will always be half of any 10%.


10% is actually not always so easy but definitely easier to calculate than say 14%. I'm assuming 10% is the rate and that R1356.52 is just the VAT on the eggs, I hope I understood that right.

Exclusive amount is 100/10 X R1356.52.

The full inclusive amount is 110/10 X R1356.52.

Michael Celender

VAT Rate
by: Anonymous

If I purchase a pen, excluding VAT (at a rate of 14%), is R75. Then the VAT is...

Then the VAT is R75 x 0.14 = R10.50

Michael Celender

VAT Question
by: Anonymous

The advocate charged R975 VAT exclusive but here I get R1,111.50 VAT inclusive. Now my question is how did we get that R1,111.50 answer?

VAT is based on the R975. If VAT is 14% then it's 14/100 of the R975. We can calculate VAT by saying 14/100 X R975 = R136.50. R975 + R136.50 = R1,111.50.

Or an even quicker way of solving this is to simply say: 114/100 X R975 = R1,111.50

Hope that helps!

Michael Celender

by: Anonymous

If my VAT rate is 14% and I have purchase price of 48,000 as my Net Price, I understand my Gross price will be 54,720 (48,000 X 1.14 = 48,000). On my study guide there is 6,720. How was this 6,720 derived?

Net purchase price 45,000 + 3,000 = 48,000
add VAT at 14 % (then it says) 6,720

Total purchase price = 54,720

I believe the 6,720 was derived from 48,000 X 14%.

Michael Celender

Calculate VAT
by: kuhle

the total is 318.59

Excluding VAT
by: Anonymous

Hi I would like to know how much would I have to cough out if I want to buy a device that cost 1750 excluding, and how much is it when vat included?

You do 1,750 x (100+VAT rate)/100.

E.g. the VAT rate is 15% so you do 1750 x (100+15)/100 = 2,012.50

Michael Celender

by: PG

Which is the correct way to do vat is it

times 14
divide 100
times 14
divide 114

by: Anonymous

total amount is rs 468.00 it is including vat. but my question is that 468 x 13.5% is not equal to 468 x 1.135 how it calculate.

How to Add On VAT
by: Rozzi

add 14% vat to your net amount
7500. x 1.14 = 8 550.00 gross amount/incl

gross amount less net amount = vat 14%
8 550. - 7 500. = 1 050. vat amount

you have the vat amount and need to find net amount

100/14 x 1 050. = 7 amount/excl

you have gross amount
8 550. / 1.14 = 7 500. net amount/excl

Work out the purchase or sale amount using the VAT amount
by: Edward

To work out the VAT backwards, say you know how much the VAT was, but you don't know what the sale or purchase amount is, you do this:

Say the VAT amount paid was R5,000.00
Take R5,000.00 and times it by 114, then divide it by 14.

So R5,000.00 x 114 ÷ 14 = R40,714.28

Which means the amount you paid for it was R40,714.28

Calculating VAT Backwards
by: Michael Celender

The total you pay is always the 114 part of the equation I mentioned above. In other words, it is the 100% paid for the product plus the additional 14% VAT added together.

When we go backwards from the total paid to find the VAT we do the following:

14/114 X Total Paid
=14/114 X R72,514.34

How Do I Calculate VAT Backwards
by: Bev

How do I calculate backwards...what's the VAT I paid on total of R72,514.34?

If only VAT amount is known
by: Anonymous

How do I calculate the inclusive/exclusive price if only the VAT amount is known? E.g. I know I was charged 50 VAT, what is the VAT inclusive price? And VAT exclusive price?

VAT on 7500
by: Michael Celender

If the R7,500 is the full price of the product or service, you get the VAT like this:
R7,500 X 14/114 = R921

If the R7,500 is the price before adding VAT, then you work it out as follows:
R7,500 X 14/100 = R1,050

In the last option above, the total price of the product or service including VAT comes to R8,550 (R7,500 + R1,050)

VAT manually
by: Anonymous

Hi all, need assistance. How do I step by step work out vat manually on paper? Going for an interview and I need a crash course.

vat calculating
by: Anonymous

like 7500, how do I put a vat n get a correct answer.

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