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How to avoid VAT problems

My recommendation is that you adopt a pedantic approach when applying VAT procedures.  The devil's in the detail of every VAT relief so it’s important to make sure procedures are secure to protect against a challenge from HMRC. There are lots of VAT procedural man...

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Why thinking about UK VAT is important

Yet another example of why it is so important think about VAT before a deal is finalised and make sure the proposed VAT treatment is clearly communicated. I was talking about the importance of thinking about VAT before getting to the point of issuing a sales invoice...

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Is it UK VAT zero-rated, exempt or both?

When deciding how VAT applies to a transaction I always start with asking ‘what is it?’  In theory this tells you whether there’s any VAT relief and generally points to a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.  However we recently saw a rare event when the tribunal decided the...

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Day Care Centre wins UK VAT argument

Great news for welfare service providers with a fair but surprising decision in the VAT tribunal that basically HMRC were wrong to rely on the wording used in UK legislation. Learning Centre (Romford) Ltd [2017] TC 05946 was the lead case in an argument that they were...

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UK VAT & sport

Back in February I was more than a little cynical about the European Court of Justice (ECJ) being asked to decide whether playing duplicate contract bridge was taking part in a sport.  I thought I'd be in good company with the man on the Clapham Omnibus in thinking it...

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Air Ambulance gets UK VAT refund!

It's always a wonderful thing getting a good answer for a client but getting a nice big fat refund for my air ambulance client has even more feel good about it.  All involved are very happy and I'm feeling rather proud. And did you know?  It was only when I started...

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UK VAT – HMRC deadlines

Chasing HMRC this morning (6 April) for a response to a letter sent 4 weeks ago and I learn their reply of 23 March will take up to 2 weeks to arrive!!!  Why?  Surely this is madness? And yet here we are jumping through hoops to meet a 14 day deadline imposed by HMRC...

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