This blog is about VAT. Rather than trying to provide totally comprehensive explanations of complex VAT issues, this blog seeks to be thought-provoking on all things VAT!
Labyrinthine tax rules.
The Times (Monday 17th October) reported an item from Accountants UHY Hacker Young. (Sorry, I couldn't find an online link!)
The article mentioned that HMRC recovered an additional £600million in APD (Air Passenger Duty) last year, compared to £16million the year before. Hacker Young described the legislation as 'labyrinthine.'
Back in the early 70s, the promise was that VAT would be a simple tax. Nearly 40 years on, labyrinthine is a much better description! Other taxes are similarly complex. Frequently I come across small businesses with complex VAT issues. Often, it proves expensive to find comprehensive solutions. Some taxpayers prefer to take the risk, rather than engage a professional adviser.
Personally, I cannot see VAT becoming more simple. One the one hand, I don't mind, as it is my job to advise on VAT! On the other hand more smaller businesses are being affected by these labyrinthine rules, and that is expensive.