In a recent decision of the First Tier Tribunal (Tax) HMRC challenged the VAT treatment of searches undertaken by Solicitors on behalf of their clients.

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We receive many calls on our helpline from property developers and their advisors seeking clarification of the VAT liability of construction or conversion costs, and advice in relation to the issue of VAT recovery in respect of the costs in question.

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The six Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia continue to lead the way towards the implementation of VAT, which is scheduled to be in place for 1 January 2018.

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We are well aware that professional accountants and in house accounting staff at businesses, charities and other organisations need to maintain their professional development and ensure their VAT knowledge is up to date, but doing so can be difficult…

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We are asked repeatedly what the VAT position will be post the UK existing the EU.

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Officers of HMRC are only human and VAT is complex so it is possible for HMRC to make errors in assessing the VAT liability of businesses, and equally HMRC may be correct that VAT has been understated.

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HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) has revised its policy on the definition of ‘personal care’ for the purposes of deciding whether a new building can qualify for zero-rating as a care home, or alternatively whether it should be treated as the standard-ra…

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The Appellant acted as an electrical subcontractor on the construction of a large block of studio flats in Leicester. The First-tier Tribunal ruled that the block of studios was made up of dwellings, for VAT purposes. The construction of a building w…

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