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Christmas Time!

It is that time of year again when we all get a bit muddled about what VAT we can and can't reclaim.

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VAT refunds for search and rescue charities and air ambulances

From April 2015, UK search and rescue and air ambulance charities will be eligible to claim refunds on VAT they have paid on purchases of goods and services for their non-business activities. The VAT refunds will address the glaring anomaly between the VAT treatment of Government-funded organisations and volunteer organisations providing search and rescue services.

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VAT – Private tuition teaching pilates

The VAT appeal of Christine Joy Hocking was dismissed by the VAT Tribunal. Ms Hocking was a self-employed tutor teaching and offering courses covering pilates and she regarded her supplies as being an exempt supply for VAT purposes under the rules relating to “private tuition” delivered by a sole proprietor partner.

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VAT and Hospices - Exciting News Flash

The Autumn Statement provided some good news for Hospices operated by charities with effect from next year. The Chancellor has announced that Hospices will be allowed to recover VAT on certain costs so that they are in a similar position to the NHS. This change is certain to be warmly welcomed by Hospices as it will mean that the hard won funds they currently receive will go further in providing palliative care instead of losing part as VAT due to HMRC.

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Ten good reasons to buy in VAT Training

Our VAT training service is proving to be highly popular with our clients. We thought it would be useful to ask them what they perceived to be the benefits of the training that they received. The top ten answers are summarised below:

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E Traders face a VAT hit

If you or your client is not UK VAT registered and trades on ebay or other e auction or sales sites they could well be at risk of an assessment for VAT plus late registration penalties if they are trading above the VAT registration threshold.

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VAT and Charities - An example of HMRC giving with one hand and taking with the other

The Chancellor, in a generous move towards assisting high profile charities, has waived the VAT due on sales of the latest Live Aid Single and on sales of the visually stunning London Poppies. Whilst this gesture is of course welcome and has resulted in much publicity for the Chancellor in the press, it does not really reflect HMRC’s usual treatment of charities, which is often less than generous.

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Update regarding VAT exemption for catering and other services linked to education

HMRC have issued a Brief advising that they will not alter their current policy on the VAT educational exemption until the Court of Appeal has delivered its judgment in the Brockenhurst College case next year, although they will consider claims and interim repayments based on the Upper Tribunal's decision.

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Portuguese VAT rate to increase?

The Portuguese Government has drafted legislation to increase the standard rate of VAT in Portugal with effect from 1 January 2015 was submitted to parliament. The proposed standard rates of VAT will be as follows:

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Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) registration

A reminder that from 1 January 2015, the place of taxation of digital services to non-business customers will be where the consumer is located, rather than the supplier.

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