Businesses in line for £220m VAT windfall

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UK businesses could receive a tax windfall of more than £200m if an attempt to recover VAT on postal services is successful, reports Nick Huber.

Law firm DLA Piper said its application for a lead claim in the first-tier tax tribunal to recover VAT from HMRC has been accepted. DLA reckons that businesses could recover more than £220m of credit for input tax on Royal Mail's postal services if its tribunal appeal on behalf of Zipvit, a vitamin retailer, is successful.

In the past, Royal Mail had treated postal services as exempt under the Value Added Tax Act 1994. However, a previous case brought by TNT determined that the vast majority of Royal Mail services should, in fact, have been chargeable to VAT under the Sixth VAT Directive or Principal VAT Directive, DLA said.

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How far has the Zipvit VAT/Royal Mail case got so far?

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harryganz wrote:

How far has the Zipvit VAT/Royal Mail case got so far?

We have recently had the Upper Tax Tribunal ruling - see 2016 UKUT 294 at
http://www.tribunals.gov.uk/financeandtax/Documents/decisions/Zipvit-vtc...

This is still in HMRC's favour, rather than the taxpayer, so we will have to await any further appeal if claims are to be successful.

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