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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....

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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...

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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...

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UK VAT Flat Rate News

If you're interested in the VAT Flat Rate Scheme increase affecting limited cost businesses you can find out more in HMRC webinars on Wednesday.  HMRC are running two webinars when they outline the test that will need to be applied. Wednesday 01 March 12:00 to...

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UK VAT definition of sport

VAT is full of hair-splitting definitions with the latest debate on what is a sport?  Seems like an easy enough question doesn't it?  Not for VAT though.  And not when it's about Bridge of all things.   I know all too well that Bridge is a very hard game to learn but...

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UK VAT claims on petrol allowances

Anyone claiming VAT on employee expenses should make sure they hold proper evidence otherwise their claims won't safe.   This was a lesson learnt the hard way by a group of pharmacies trading as Cohens Chemist (Tribunal reference TC05643) when they had £67,000 VAT...

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UK VAT & deciding what’s being sold

Here's a case that goes to show you just have to read the rules objectively.  VAT will be due unless tightly worded exceptions apply.  No matter how hard you try you can't push something into a VAT relief if it just shouldn't be there. Maybe it's just me but I think I...

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UK VAT on commercial building

I thought I'd share this lovely email from my happy clients - it's what it's all about! "Alison and Scott Harris from Harris Trucking Storage in Sheffield would like to express our appreciation to Melanie Lord at AVS. Due to a warehouse purchase, we had a rather large...

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