Are you VAT Compliant?

VAT is a complicated multi-faceted tax. We help our clients find their way through the minefield
of complicated and evolving VAT rules.

Is your VAT burden too big?

Many organisations suffer more than they need to. AVS helps clients to structure their business to optimise VAT claims,
minimise VAT due and avoid the risk of expensive fines.

Is managing VAT a real hassle?

Can you justify the cost of having in-house VAT expertise? AVS provides an out-sourced VAT service to businesses, trust administrators,
solicitors and accountants whether based in the UK or elsewhere.

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    Are you
    VAT Compliant?
    VAT is a complicated multi-faceted tax.
    We help our clients find their way through the minefield
    of complicated and evolving VAT rules.
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    Is your VAT
    burden too big?
    Many organisations suffer more than they need to.
    AVS helps clients to structure their business to optimise VAT claims,
    minimise VAT due and avoid the risk of expensive fines.
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    Is managing VAT
    a real hassle?
    Can you justify the cost of having in-house VAT expertise?
    AVS provides an out-sourced VAT service to businesses, trust administrators,
    solicitors and accountants whether based in the UK or elsewhere.

AVS VAT offers strategic support and advice across a wide range of VAT issues including Partial Exemption, Zero-rating, VAT & Property, Charities & Not-for-profit, UK VAT Registration, Intrastat & EC Sales Listing, International Supplies, E-Commerce & MOSS, Input Tax Claims and VAT Refunds.

Our Services

Organisations that address VAT as a business issue, not just an accounting issue, avoid costly VAT problems. Our long-standing clients now embrace this philosophy, taking a strategic view of VAT structuring, rather than risk unnecessary or unexpected VAT costs. AVS provides advice, support and assistance on VAT issues in a variety of ways. These include...

VAT
out-sourcing

For direct clients and for accountancy or legal firms without an in-house team we take care of VAT on a flexible and responsive basis.

Negotiating
with HMRC

Leading submissions and negotiations; working to secure favourable VAT treatments.

Advice & support to non-UK businesses

Acting as UK VAT agent for businesses with no UK infrastructure.

Support for other professionals

A VAT service for smaller accountancy or legal firms without an in house team.

Who are we?

Melanie Lord is a Chartered Tax Advisor with over 30 years VAT experience, initially working for HM Customs & Excise then moving on to head up the North East VAT practice for a Big Four firm before founding AVS in 1994.

Melanie Lord

Founder

Melanie likes: Time with her sons, walking the dog, gardening, good food – both cooking and eating, conversation and good wine with friends, and of course shoes. Melanie dislikes: Waste, injustice, bad customer service, instant coffee and pears.


AVS skills include:

VAT, Support for commercial property lawyers, Understanding issues and isolating VAT implications, Indirect Taxation, Tax, VAT & Property, Precious Metals, UK VAT Agency for non-UK businesses, International Tax, Academies, Tax Advisory, Financial Reporting, Business Advisory, Tax Law and Accounting.

About Us

AVS is an independent consultancy providing high quality, proactive VAT advice. Our objective is to help you in the clearest and simplest way to isolate VAT issues, and implement solutions. The aim is to prevent VAT from becoming an unexpected problem. We provide support to businesses, trust administrators, solicitors & accountants whether based in the UK or elsewhere.

Who we work for...

AVS is proud to work for a wide range of clients including blue chip multinational businesses, smaller quoted and unquoted UK and non-UK companies, lawyers and accountants.

What we offer...

  • Advice of the highest quality offering a real alternative to the big firms.
  • A collaborative approach to developing commercial VAT strategies - from planning to implementation.
  • Help in all areas of indirect and direct tax via a network of Associates
  • UK VAT Agency

    AVS VAT acts as UK VAT Agent for non-UK organisations that are obliged to have a UK VAT registration.


    A UK registration may be required due to:

  • Owning property in the UK;
  • Supply & install contracts;
  • Triangulation contracts;
  • Construction contracts;
  • Owning goods in the UK;
  • Holding consignment stock;
  • Distance selling to UK customers;
  • Some supplies of services

  • A UK VAT Agent needs to:

  • Ensure that all UK VAT obligations are met;
  • Deal with VAT returns, Intrastat & EC Sales Listings;
  • Arrange on-line submission arrangements, and
  • Liaise with HMRC handling all queries, correspondence & inspections.
  • Happy Clients

    Questions and Answers

    Q. Do you have any areas of particular expertise?

    Yes, VAT & property, also partial exemption and other situations where VAT can’t be fully claimed.

    Q. Can you communicate directly with my other advisers?

    Absolutely – this often leads to best possible outcome.

    Q. Where do you begin with a new project?

    Information is power so I start with Who? What? When? Where? Why? & How?

    Q. Does AVS submit VAT returns on behalf of non-UK clients?

    Yes - we deal with all aspects of a UK VAT registration, including VAT returns, Intrastat & EC Sales Listings.

    Q. How are fees calculated?

    Fees are dictated by the complexity of the project. Lower rates apply to compliance work. Consulting rates are set to represent good value for quality delivery.

     

    Pearl of Wisdom...
    Never decide how to deal with VAT on the basis of what you were told in the pub or even relying on logic - remember - “Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence”

    Joseph Wood Krutch 1893-1970

    Contact Us

    Call Melanie Lord today to discuss your requirements and see how we can help you.

    Get in touch with us

    • AVS VAT
      The Frythe Barn, 4 Whitehill, Welwyn Hertfordshire AL6 9AF

    • Email:
      info@avsvat.com

    • Telephone:
      +44 (0)1438 716176

    Download HMRC Forms

    The following HMRC forms are available to download from our website. Please click on the links below to download. You will need Acrobat reader to open / view and print these files. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, it can be downloaded here.

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