Hi, I am a VAT Consultant, working mainly with charities. I am based in Cambridgeshire
I have over 20 years experience in VAT, and am currently also a part-time member of the Tax Tribunals.
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.
Back to hard copy submissions?
It's 'pages.' Amendment made.
(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!)
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.
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.'
ETB were represented by a previous Director of the company, so that would be much less than a specialist Barrister.
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.
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.
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!