Month: March 2017

UK VAT Plan for Brexit

Even though we’re on the brink of change it’s not too early to make a Brexit VAT plan.  Here’s what you can do – 1. Map out how all of your purchases and sales work in terms of geography and contracts – check you include all that you’re doing and how you’re doing it. 2. […]

UK VAT on flowers -v- food

Always remember VAT works on the ‘guilty until proven innocent’ principle.  VAT is due unless a specific relief applies.  All of the VAT reliefs are narrowly applied so you should avoid expecting HMRC to be generous in any interpretation. Busily buying seeds reminded me of the fine line between zero-rated seeds for growing food and […]

UK VAT Flat Rate confusion

You might know that service businesses that don’t buy in goods or materials will have to pay a higher VAT flat rate from April.  Question is do you understand who will be affected and how? The new rules were covered in a recent HMRC webinar, which actually proved to be quite entertaining.  HMRC referred to […]

UK VAT due when the customer collects

Always remember that VAT is due unless you can prove it isn’t.  Proving that goods have left the UK is an absolute rule that should never be overlooked.  If you can’t prove it then VAT is due to HMRC.  It’s all about having the right bits of paper. The tribunal decision in Grange Road Car […]