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Place of supply of services

A case was recently heard by the Upper Tribunal relating to the place of supply of services made by the Appellant, Mandarin Consulting Ltd, who provided career coaching to students of Chinese origin.

D.I.Y Builders Scheme

Mr Smith, the Appellant in this instance, converted a barn adjoining his property into living accommodation for which planning permission was obtained. In 2007, when 60% of the work had been completed, Mr Smith became aware that he may be able to recover the VAT element of the costs incurred in the course of converting the barn by way of the DIY builder's scheme and a claim was subsequently submitted.

Input Tax Recovery - Intending Trader

The VAT recovery position of intending traders has formed the basis of several court decisions in recent times, and this was again addressed in the case of Hedge Fund Investment Management Ltd (“HFIML”), heard by the First-Tier Tribunal. HMRC had raised an assessment in relation to input tax recovered by the business, on the basis that there was no link to any taxable economic activity. Furthermore, a penalty assessment was raised in relation to the recovery of this input tax for careless behaviour.