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If it looks like an elephant and it sounds like an elephant…

Ross Bartholomew

02 April 2018

In over 30 years advising on the finer points of VAT, I have encountered an endless variety of attempts to circumnavigate a common tax issue. Disaggregation, or the artificial separation of businesses, is where more than one entity is created … Read More >>

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Changing the way HMRC verify VAT refunds

Nicola Holmes

01 March 2018

It is well known that HMRC query large VAT repayment returns, generally prior to authorising the refund. This could be for a number of reasons, particularly if claims are larger than usual or if it is an unexpected refund. Queries … Read More >>

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Retailers: VAT treatment of vouchers to change

Mark Doherty

16 February 2018

Changes to the VAT treatment of vouchers on 1 January 2019 will impact many retailers and re-sellers. Therefore, it is recommended that retailers are aware of ways they may be affected and ensure they are paying the right amount of … Read More >>

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New post-Brexit VAT scheme could send us back to pre-single market

Andy Dawbarn

31 January 2018

According to a recent article the Government has published the first document outlining Britain’s customs arrangements on leaving the EU. With the almost inevitable increased bureaucracy, many businesses could find themselves tied up with more paperwork in a new system that … Read More >>

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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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