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VAT and property searches: law firms no post-box for results says judge

Andy Dawbarn

04 October 2017

A recent story has drawn attention to a key piece of legislation relating to VAT liabilities on property search fees – and it could have a wider impact on conveyancing. A law firm has been ordered to pay a £68,000 VAT … Read More >>

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How much tax is on your Christmas table?

Nicola Holmes

25 December 2016

We all remember the pasty tax of years gone by, but whilst for many it was a minor, temporary media disturbance, the debate surrounding VAT and food is on-going. So, when considering our Christmas dinner and plates piled high before … Read More >>

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Santa please stop here: You could be affected by changes to VAT Flat Rate Scheme

Andy Dawbarn

18 December 2016

I’ve often wondered how Santa’s business plan shapes up. I’ve come to the conclusion that his sponsorship deals with companies such as a well-known fizzy drinks brand and a number of supermarket chains must be what gets him through. However, … Read More >>

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How the art of negotiation can stop a VAT dispute from becoming a nightmare

Ross Bartholomew

11 December 2016

Ebenezer Scrooge was pretty used to nightmarish visitations in the dead of night, but even he would have dreaded a visit from the tax man in relation to disputes about unpaid VAT. Apart from the potential money at stake, VAT … Read More >>

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Flat Rate VAT – taking advantage of the advantage

Andy Dawbarn

24 November 2016

Whilst listening in to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, I couldn’t help but make a general observation, particularly in relation to the introduction of the new VAT Flat Rate Scheme. The Scheme was introduced to help make the lives of smaller … Read More >>

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What a Brexit could mean for VAT

Andy Dawbarn

27 June 2016

As Britain is left waiting to see what the future holds as an independent nation, many businesses will be asking questions about what to expect following the Brexit result and key timings as to when those changes will be taking … Read More >>

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One bottle will do nicely

Andy Dawbarn

29 December 2015

If you are thinking of treating your business contacts to a little festive cheer this Christmas, then it pays to be cautious and revisit the rules on gifts. What qualifies as a ‘business gift’?  HMRC defines it as ‘a gift … Read More >>

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Have a Christmas party for staff, tax free!

Nicola Holmes

23 December 2015

When you think of the staff Christmas party what is the first thing that comes to mind? Office anecdotes, terrible dancing or maybe even the mistletoe? Whatever it is, there’s probably one thing that’s missing from your list – and … Read More >>

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On The First Day Of Christmas The VAT Man Said To Me….

Andy Dawbarn

We are all well used to counting the number of shopping days till Christmas. But non-EU firms operating in the UK should have another countdown in mind: VAT reclaim days to New Year. Admittedly, it doesn’t quite trip off the … Read More >>

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Is this the right room for an argument?

Andy Dawbarn

18 November 2015

This blog focuses on HMRC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service, a relatively new forum which offers a simpler way of resolving VAT (and other tax) disputes that would otherwise find their way eventually to lengthy and expensive tribunal or court … Read More >>

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