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My client is a second hand car dealer, and within a couple of month's of registering for VAT has been pounced on by the VAT man, who paid him a lengthy visit to basically nit-pick. He failed to come up with anything substantial, however he decided to disallow several purchase invoices my client had included in his first VAT return.

The invoices are for Warranties on the cars and comply (to the best of my knowledge) with the guidelines for an acceptable VAT invoice. There is a tax point date, the VAT registration number is shown, the VAT is split out, it says INVOICE/RECEIPT at the top and has an Invoice/Receipt number. When my client queried this with his supplier, he said that he provides exactly the same format invoice to all of his customers, most of whom are in the motor trade and they have not had any issues.

Is anyone aware of any reason why these invoices might not have been acceptable to the VAT man?

Any help would be very gratefully received.

 

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By tom123
15th Mar 2017 07:11

The C79s are sent to you via HMRC in the post.

Code the 'DHL' vat portion to a prepayment balance sheet code, pending receipt of the C79.

When you receive the C79, journal from the balance sheet to input VAT - using the correct tax code to ensure the amount is picked up by your vat return routine in the software.

Be certain to double check to ensure no double claiming.

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By verdagua
15th Mar 2017 17:07

Thank you! I'll set that up.

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By lionofludesch
15th Mar 2017 10:00

Agree - you won't get any C79s off DHL.

The C79 is the formal authority to reclaim the tax, not the DHL invoice, so there's an inherent risk is using the latter.

You may like to enquire why you're not receiving these.

Obviously, the information should be the same - although there may be timing differences which may or may not push the input tax into a different return period.

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By verdagua
15th Mar 2017 17:06

Thanks for the info! I'll push DHL harder for the C79's.

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By lionofludesch
15th Mar 2017 17:21

verdagua wrote:

Thanks for the info! I'll push DHL harder for the C79's.


{sigh}

You've not read the replies.

DHL don't send them out.

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By tom123
15th Mar 2017 17:51

OP - you need to ensure HMRC have your correct details - they will be sending them somewhere!

Are you sure that the correct info is being given when the arrivals are happening?

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By andrew1211
16th Mar 2017 09:39

HMRC are relaxed on this....a genuine VAT invoice presumably has been received. If push came to shove you could get the C79s so just claim it.

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By Precision
14th Aug 2017 08:48

verdagua wrote:

My client is a second hand car dealer, and within a couple of month's of registering for VAT has been pounced on by the VAT man, who paid him a lengthy visit to basically nit-pick. He failed to come up with anything substantial, however he decided to disallow several purchase invoices my client had included in his first VAT return.

The invoices are for Warranties on the cars and comply (to the best of my knowledge) with the guidelines for an acceptable VAT invoice. There is a tax point date, the VAT registration number is shown, the VAT is split out, it says INVOICE/RECEIPT at the top and has an Invoice/Receipt number. When my client queried this with his supplier, he said that he provides exactly the same format invoice to all of his customers, most of whom are in the motor trade and they have not had any issues.

Is anyone aware of any reason why these invoices might not have been acceptable to the VAT man?

Any help would be very gratefully received.

 

Changed the post so now the answers make no sense (pattern emerging!) AND plagarism of Sarah Offord's post

https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/any-answers/vat-man-disagreement-regardi...

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By lionofludesch
14th Aug 2017 10:13

OK - well, I for one won't be replying.

This sort of behaviour isd just stupid.

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