VAT scheme on 'excess' MOT charges
Hi all! Thanks for taking the time to read this.
As the title suggests need some information on the treatment of MOT and VAT. I have done some research and would like some input on the conclusion reached if willing?
Client is a VAT registered business in the automobile repair industry. Client does not conduct MOT tests however subcontract this and charges the customer the cost plus a mark up.
Should the MOT charge be: (i) outside the scope of VAT; (ii) standard VAT on mark up ('excess' hereafter) or (iii) standard VAT on cost plus mark up.
Research and conclusion
I have reviewed VTAXPER48000 and VTAXPER39000.
The MOT charge would be (i) outside the scope of VAT as "provided the unapproved garage charges on the exact amount it has been charged by the test centre and shows this separately on the invoice to its customer, it may treat this element as a disbursement and also outside the scope of VAT".
The MOT charge would be (ii) standard VAT on mark up as "any amount charged by an unapproved garage to its customer over and above the amount charged by the test centre is consideration for its own service of arranging the test as agent of the customer and is taxable at the standard rate".
The MOT charge would be (iii) standard VAT on cost plus mark up as "if the unapproved garage chooses not to treat the exact amount charged by the test centre as a disbursement, or otherwise does not satisfy all the conditions set out in VTAXPER39000, it must account for VAT on the full invoiced amount".
The 8 conditions stated in VTAXPER39000 being:
- the person acted as an agent of his client when he paid the third party;
- the client and not the agent used the goods and services supplied by the third party (in practice, this is usually the key condition);
- the client was responsible for paying the third party;
- the agent was authorised by his client to pay the third party on his behalf;
- the client knew that the goods or services were to be provided to him by a third party;
- the agent’s outlay is separately itemised when he invoices the client;
- the amount recovered from the client is exactly the same amount as paid to the third party;
- the goods or services paid for by the agent are clearly additional to the agent’s own supplies.
How rigorously should these be tested - would it be a fair assumption that most automobile repair business subcontracting MOT would meed these conditions by default?
- Left UK in 2006 but did not declare rental income since 2009 170 3
- Entrepreeur's relief 22 1
- format cell to exclude decimals 26 1
- A trust shall not want for a trustee 45 1
- Settlement discount 204 5
- IT advisory questions? 304 8
- Recourse to Accountant for incorrect accounts 2,569 21
- experian and credit agencies 78 1
- Homing sandwiches 568 13
- Limited company to community interest company 57 1
- How can I deal with an unethical accountant? 479 10
- How do I undo the work of a Macro in Excel 211 5
- Error in audited accounts 240 3
- CIS software 134 3
- Pratice Management Software 214 3
- Use of home query 202 2
- signature required 601 22
- Vat registration exception 217 3
- CT600 164 3
- Director appointment not valid - any observations? 226 7
- Auto enrolment excuses 1,263
- Feedback on accounts production software for IFRS 837
- Add T&Cs to Sales Order in Sage 530
- Digita Hosted Software 347
- Credit where credit's due....... 323
- Buying goods in US and selling them to company in US 249
- Flat rate VAT- other income calculation 206
- TheTax Donut 191
- Double taxation relief - same income, different individual 169
- Corporation Tax return - more than one trade 167