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Your monthly guide through the minefield of VAT rules, regulations and procedures

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Here are some of the topics we cover:


Administration

  • HMRC guidance

Agent's fees

  • Commission
  • Selling through an agent

Annual accounting

  • General

Anti-avoidance

  • Anti-avoidance
  • HMRC initiatives
  • Yachts

Appeals

  • Procedure
  • Protective claims
  • Time limits

Brexit

  • Brexit

Budget

  • Allowances
  • Miscellaneous
  • News

Business use

  • Assets
  • Change of use
  • Input VAT

Capital goods scheme

  • Lennartz accounting
  • News
  • Private use

Cars

  • Demonstrators
  • Miscellaneous
  • Number plates
  • Pool cars
  • Recovering VAT

Cash accounting

  • Cash accounting
  • Miscellaneous

Catering

  • Membership clubs
  • Staff canteens

Charities

  • Allowable costs
  • Donations and fund raising
  • Gift aid

Construction

  • Design and build contracts
  • Reverse charge
  • Zero rate

Contracts

  • Bonuses
  • Contractual arrangements
  • VAT-inclusive terms

Coronavirus

  • News

Credit notes

  • Credit notes
  • Procedure

Currencies

  • Bitcoin
  • Cryptocurrencies

Debt relief

  • Bad debt relief
  • Miscellaneous

Directors

  • Debts
  • Directors' liability

Distance selling

  • Agents

Donations

  • Goods and services
  • Saving VAT

EU Trade

  • EC Sales lists
  • Goods
  • Miscellaneous
  • Place of supply
  • Services

EU VAT Administration

  • SME scheme

Exemptions

  • Exempt supplies
  • Insurance commission
  • Miscellaneous
  • New exemptions

Expenses

  • Benefits
  • Business
  • Employee reimbursement
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment supplies
  • Fuel
  • Gifts
  • Home
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mobile phones
  • Personal
  • Recovery
  • Relocation
  • Subcontractors
  • Training
  • Travel

Extra statutory concessions

  • Effect of
  • Trade agreements

Flat rate scheme

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Benefits
  • Eligibility
  • Farmers
  • Limited cost trader
  • Miscellaneous
  • Savings

Fraud

  • Miscellaneous
  • Staff fraud
  • VAT on fraud

Gifts

  • Business gifts
  • Good causes

HMRC

  • Advice
  • Agreement with HMRC
  • Claiming interest
  • Complaints
  • Guidance
  • Making tax digital
  • New initiatives
  • News
  • Policy
  • Publications
  • Rulings
  • VAT online services

Imports

  • Postage costs

Input VAT

  • Aborted projects
  • Accountancy fees
  • Acquisition fees
  • Business acquisition costs
  • Business use
  • Clothing
  • Domestic accommodation
  • Educational establishments
  • Employee benefits
  • Homeworking expenses
  • Insurance claims
  • Printing costs
  • Racehorses
  • Selling a business
  • Sponsorship
  • Staff entertaining
  • Supply & install
  • Third party costs
  • Training costs
  • Transport

Insolvency

  • VAT recovery

Inspections

  • COP9 investigation
  • Dealing with/managing inspections
  • HMRC Targets
  • Miscellaneous
  • Procedure
  • Taxpayer's rights

Insurance

  • Block policy
  • Commission
  • Guarantees and warranties
  • Miscellaneous
  • Premium

Invoices

  • Barter transactions
  • Electronic invoicing
  • Miscellaneous
  • Requirements

Irrecoverable VAT

  • Miscellaneous
  • Offsetting

Legislation/Case law

  • Appeals
  • Brief 13/12
  • Building conversion
  • Default surcharges
  • Disallowance claim
  • FRS
  • Import VAT
  • Income status
  • Input VAT recovery
  • Investment fees
  • Legitimate expectation
  • Miscellaneous
  • New legislation
  • Penalties
  • Planning permission
  • Refunds
  • Registration date
  • Repayment
  • Security requirement
  • Self billing
  • Self-billing
  • TOGC
  • VAT avoidance schemes
  • VAT recovery
  • Voluntary disclosures
  • Zero rating

Making Tax Digital

  • Making Tax Digital

Money laundering

  • Agent obligations

News

  • Coronavirus
  • Debt relief
  • Enquiries and penalties
  • Groups
  • Input VAT
  • Land and property
  • Making Tax Digital
  • News
  • Output VAT
  • Overseas issues
  • Registration
  • VAT rates
  • VAT schemes

Output VAT

  • Antiques fairs
  • Apportionment
  • Caravans
  • Compensation payments
  • Conferences and events
  • Disbursements
  • Discounts
  • Education
  • Educational establishments
  • Export schemes
  • Finance agreements
  • Food
  • Golf clubs/membership fees
  • Grant funding
  • Hairdressing
  • Hotel deposits
  • Hotels
  • Housebuilders
  • Inter-company charges
  • Lost/stolen items
  • Loyalty schemes
  • Miscellaneous
  • MOTs
  • Online services
  • Parking fines
  • Part-exchange
  • Partnerships
  • Pawned goods
  • Postage charges
  • Pricing
  • Prompt payment discount
  • Purchase invoices
  • Retail schemes
  • Second-hand goods
  • Self-billing
  • Sporting memberships
  • Storage businesses
  • Sundries
  • Take-away food
  • Taxis
  • Tax points
  • Termination fees
  • Vouchers

Overpaid VAT

  • Interest payable

Overseas VAT

  • Chain transactions
  • Cross border transactions
  • Customs warehouse
  • Digital downloads
  • Distance selling
  • EC sales lists
  • Expenses
  • Exports
  • Imports
  • Indirect exports
  • Internet sales
  • Intrastat
  • LVCR
  • Miscellaneous
  • MOSS
  • Place of supply
  • Reverse charging
  • Tax agent
  • Transport

Partial exemption

  • Annual adjustment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Partial exemption
  • Special method

Payments

  • Miscellaneous
  • Monthly payments
  • Payments on account
  • Prompt payment discount
  • Repayment inhibits
  • Repayments
  • Time to pay

Penalties/Enforcement

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appeals
  • Late registration
  • Late returns
  • Miscellaneous
  • News
  • Notification procedure
  • Surcharges
  • Targets
  • VAT avoidance schemes
  • VATman's powers

Pensions

  • Reclaiming VAT

Place of supply

  • Customer location
  • Immovable property

Property

  • Building costs
  • Buy to rent
  • Change of use
  • Conversion costs
  • Listed buildings
  • Miscellaneous
  • Option to tax
  • Property-related payments
  • Rent
  • Rent arrears
  • Sale costs
  • Zero-rating

Reclaiming VAT

  • Miscellaneous
  • Mixed use assets
  • Overcharged VAT
  • Recoverable VAT
  • Unjust enrichment

Registration

  • Business splitting
  • De-registration
  • Divisional registration
  • Early registration
  • Group
  • Holding companies
  • Miscellaneous
  • Multiple registrations
  • Overseas businesses
  • Pre-registration expenses
  • Procedure
  • Supplies outside the UK

Reverse charging

  • Mobile phones

Samples

  • Business samples
  • Miscellaneous

Scale charge

  • Miscellaneous
  • Partial exemption

Tax points

  • Annual tax points
  • Supply of services

Technical note

  • Removal of ESCs

Transfers

  • News
  • Purchasing a business
  • TOGC

VAT Briefs

  • Brief 01/14
  • Brief 02/13
  • Brief 03/14
  • Brief 04/14
  • Brief 04/16
  • Brief 05/14
  • Brief 06/14
  • Brief 07/16
  • Brief 08/14
  • Brief 08/15
  • Brief 09/13
  • Brief 09/15
  • Brief 10/10
  • Brief 10/13
  • Brief 10/15
  • Brief 10/16
  • Brief 12/15
  • Brief 13/12
  • Brief 13/15
  • Brief 13/16
  • Brief 16/13
  • Brief 17/13
  • Brief 17/15
  • Brief 17/16
  • Brief 18/10
  • Brief 18/13
  • Brief 19/14
  • Brief 19/15
  • Brief 20/14
  • Brief 21/14
  • Brief 21/15
  • Brief 2/15
  • Brief 23/12
  • Brief 23/14
  • Brief 25/12
  • Brief 26/14
  • Brief 27/14
  • Brief 28/14
  • Brief 29/14
  • Brief 30/12
  • Brief 31/12
  • Brief 33/12
  • Brief 33/13
  • Brief 34/12
  • Brief 36/13
  • Brief 36/14
  • Brief 37/12
  • Brief 38/13
  • Brief 38/14
  • Brief 39/14
  • Brief 40/13
  • Brief 43/14
  • Brief 44/14
  • Brief 46/14
  • Brief 47/14
  • Brief 49/14
  • Brief 8/15
  • Capital goods scheme
  • Caravan sites
  • Declaration deadline
  • Form VAT426
  • Fuel scale charge
  • Inspections
  • Intrastat
  • Miscellaneous
  • Paying VAT
  • Photo books
  • Pre-registration claims
  • Refunds
  • Reverse charging
  • Sailaway boat scheme
  • Services connected to land
  • Transport
  • Utility supply
  • VAT anomalies
  • Vouchers

VAT groups

  • Holding companies
  • Joining/leaving
  • Proposals

VAT information sheet

  • Sheet 01/15
  • Sheet 02/17
  • Sheet 04/15
  • Sheet 10/13
  • Sheet 18/12
  • Sheet 6/13

VAT management

  • Barter transactions
  • General house-keeping
  • Reverse charging

VAT notices

  • Notice 1001
  • Notice 143
  • Notice 144
  • Notice 161
  • Notice 179
  • Notice 237
  • Notice 300
  • Notice 48
  • Notice 60
  • Notice 700
  • Notice 700/1
  • Notice 700/11
  • Notice 700/12
  • Notice 700/17
  • Notice 700/21
  • Notice 700/24
  • Notice 700/34
  • Notice 700/44
  • Notice 700/45
  • Notice 700/56
  • Notice 700/58
  • Notice 700/60
  • Notice 700/63
  • Notice 700/64
  • Notice 700/8
  • Notice 701/05
  • Notice 701/10
  • Notice 701/14
  • Notice 701/20
  • Notice 701/29
  • Notice 701/30
  • Notice 701/36
  • Notice 701/5
  • Notice 701/57
  • Notice 702
  • Notice 702/7
  • Notice 703
  • Notice 707
  • Notice 708
  • Notice 709/1
  • Notice 709/3
  • Notice 714
  • Notice 725
  • Notice 727
  • Notice 731
  • Notice 732
  • Notice 735
  • Notice 741A
  • Notice 742
  • Notice 998

VAT numbers

  • Checking

VAT Rate

  • 0% Rate
  • 17.5% Rate
  • 20% Rate
  • 5% Rate
  • Anti-avoidance
  • Environmental issues
  • Exempt supplies
  • Flat rate scheme
  • Partial exemption
  • Rate changes
  • Zero rating

VAT records

  • Minimum requirements

VAT Returns

  • Accounting periods
  • Assessments
  • Authorising agents
  • Correcting errors
  • Electronic filing
  • Errors
  • Intrastat
  • Late filing
  • Miscellaneous
  • Penalties

VAT schemes

  • Annual accounting
  • Retail schemes
  • Second hand goods
  • TOMS
  • Trade promotion

Zero rating

  • Disability

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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 11 - issue 5 - 05.03.2021

TERMINATION FEES

HMRC U-turns on termination payments

If your business changed how it deals with cancellation fees or termination payments, be aware that HMRC has now U-turned on its announcement to make the change retrospective. What do you need to do?

BREXIT

Selling electronic services: what’s changed since 1 January?

You sell software packages online. The already complicated rules for electronic services were further muddied after the end of the Brexit transitional period on 31 December 2020. What key issues do you need to consider going forward?

CARS

Can you reclaim VAT when you buy a new car?

The general rule for car purchases is that your business can’t reclaim the input tax if there will be any private use. But is this always the case, and might you be missing out on claiming VAT if you alter the conditions attached to the use of the car?

HOMEWORKING

Reclaiming VAT on homeworking costs

Following the coronavirus crisis, you are working from home three days a week. You have not previously claimed input tax on any costs associated with your home. But are you missing out on an opportunity to claim more VAT each period?

BUILDING CONVERSIONS

Minimise the VAT bill on a building conversion

You have purchased the freehold of an office block to convert into six flats to let commercially. You cannot claim input tax on the project costs because rental income is exempt. How can you minimise your VAT bill on the building conversion?

CHARITIES

Charity VAT recovery: increasing non-business use of assets

Your charity purchased a software package two years ago, claiming input tax in full as it was to be used solely for business purposes. You have now decided to use it only for charitable, i.e. non-business, purposes. What effect does this have?

VAT CASES

Could a company claim input tax on buying residential property?

VAT CASES

Failure to leave cash accounting scheme - was HMRC correct to issue a personal liability notice against director?

OVERSEAS VAT

Dealing with suppliers in three different countries

FLAT RATE SCHEME

Leaving the flat rate scheme

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