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
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.'
17th Oct 2016
ETB were represented by a previous Director of the company, so that would be much less than a specialist Barrister.
20th Sep 2016
I don't think Fagomatic can be revisited. It was a sole trader, so no contract of employment. The car was available to the taxpayer for his private use.
25th May 2016
I have noticed that a number of Appeals against Default Surcharges are made by PoA traders. This includes Trinity Mirror, and other cases which addressed the 'proportionality' question. Such large traders should review submission and payment processes, to avoid Surcharges, and the additional cost of Appeals.
6th Feb 2016
Gamekeeper turned poacher
As one ex-HMCE Officer, I would add that taxpayers pay more attention to a paid adviser, than to a Civil Servant. As a result, my Client's compliance improves more effectively than when a VAT inspector visits. HMRC do need to learn how to improve compliance with carrot-and-stick as well as a stick!
20th Jan 2016
One positive benefit of the new charges will be to deter those taxpayers whose Appeals have virtually no chance of success.
Hopefully genuine Appellants will not be deterred.
8th Dec 2015
speaking for many AW regulars
We wish you well as you challenge HMRC. I will be following developments with interest.
8th Sep 2015
I do not think that campaigners have over-stated the problems caused by VATMOSS. Many micro-businesses have felt obliged to change what they offer or, in a number of cases, close down altogether. I have met a number.
A minimum registration threshold is a good idea, although my own view is that the current VAT registration threshold of £82,000 is too high.
And, I wish Rosie Slosek well as she fights the corner for many.