Can I reclaim the VAT on this supermarket receipt?

This question came up a couple of days ago in an online networking group, and I've been asked the same thing a few times by bookkeeping clients when they've become VAT-registered. So I thought it might be useful to address it here. A lot of people will pick up their business supplies such as stationery from supermarkets while they're out and about, but then they're not sure how to treat the VAT when there isn't a breakdown on the receipt, as we all know we need a VAT invoice if we're to reclaim the tax. If the purchase is less than £250, we can actually reclaim VAT against a simplified receipt, as long as it shows the place of purchase and the VAT number - depending on which store you've bo

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