Member Since: 9th Jun 1999
Hi, I am a VAT Consultant, part of the team at vatadvice.org We are based in Cambridgeshire. We work largely with charities but also advise a range of commercial organisations.
I have over 30 years experience in VAT, and am currently also a part-time member of the Tax Tribunals.
VAT Consultant vatadvice.org
16th Apr 2019
I make frequent use of the Manuals. I don't always agree with them, of course! But they are an essential resource for anyone trying to find their way through the vat maze.
22nd Mar 2019
MTD solve carelessness?
I uploaded a car park ticket. The software automatically posted it to Xero. But it used the time of arrival as the value, so massively over-claimed VAT. I happened to spot it, but would not always have done so.
Had I used my previous manual procedure this mistake would not have occurred.
28th Nov 2018
Fair comment, Alf.
I did make a deliberate decision some years ago not to try to provide comprehensive guidance in my blog, but to raise issues for practitioners to pursue themselves.
Where Accountants have specific issues with individual clients, they are always welcome to contact me for further advice; and some do so.
12th Oct 2018
As is so often the case, had the taxpayer sought suitable advice at the start of the project, he would have secured his VAT repayment, and avoided costly and long-drawn-out correspondence with HMRC, let alone the Tribunal.
(Did you spot who was the Tribunal Member?)
13th Dec 2017
This is a real concern for many advisors.
One additional factor is that, having determined that the taxpayer made a 'deliberate' error, HMRC can publish his/her details in their quarterly report, subject to the £25,000 threshold. This puts the taxpayer's behaviour right into the public arena.
3rd Oct 2017
Back to hard copy submissions?
15th Sep 2017
It's 'pages.' Amendment made.
30th May 2017
(I do like to talk about a particular tax!)
Interesting comments that small statism was effectively introduced through Margaret Thatcher, so we have 'enjoyed' it for less than 40 years. Yet, it seems to have been around forever, and many people assume that there is no alternative. Perhaps, if Labour win the election, we will see an alternative.
(and I express no preference either way!)
24th May 2017
Sub contractors can use the reduced rate for an eligible project which relates to domestic dwelling(s). But not for RRP or RCP projects. Certificates are not required for dwellings. Para 17.4 refers to RRP or RCP projects, for which certificates are provided. Further, the wording in the certificate in para 18.1 is not correct.
I always recommend more detailed advice for such projects, as often projects which are eligible for the reduced rate frequently include specific elements which are standard rated, meaning an apportionment is required.
24th Feb 2017
You are correct. But, if a Charity thinks it can minimise its irrecoverable VAT by purchasing supplies from outside the UK, then it is an unwelcome surprise. (Many Charities do not appreciate the impact of the Reverse Charge.)
A VAT-free invoice triggers a VAT charge: and that is the 'anomaly.'