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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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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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