Over the last four years my turnover has been remained at the same level whilst the VAT threshold has risen and almost met it. I'm now in the situation that if I shut up shop and had two or three extra weeks holiday through the year I could stay under the threshold and save myself six to eight thousand in VAT payments.
My customers are patient folk but being closed too often may lose me a little long term business. Although 4-5 weeks holiday a year isn't excessive, is it?
Could people lump me in with Starbucks and Amazon as tax avoiders? But I would be paying more income tax.
Anything else I haven't thought of?