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VAT is supposed to be a simple self-assessing tax, however for any business, getting VAT right represents a substantial and often onerous burden. This is particularly the case for any business or organisation that receives VAT exempt income as well as VATable income.
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The reverse charge for construction and building services that was announced in the 2018 budget and due to come into force on 1 October 2019 has been delayed until 1 October 2020. This is a surprise move by HMRC as it came so late in the day, but it is to be welcomed given that many businesses are already struggling to cope with the potential impact of Brexit and MTD.
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A recent tribunal decision has again highlighted the fact that practitioners in the field of skin care and related areas can only VAT exempt supplies that meet the criteria to be classed as a health care service that is intended to protect, restore or maintain an individual’s physical or mental health.
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If your client or your business incurs VAT on expenditure in another EU Member State (where it is not established and makes no supplies that require VAT registration in that state) then the VAT in question is potentially recoverable. The amount refundable is determined under the deduction rules of the relevant EU Member State.
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We are continuing to receive a number of calls on our helpline from property developers and their advisors seeking clarification of the VAT liability of construction or conversion costs, and requesting advice in relation to the recovery of VAT on costs relating to property development schemes
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As previously advised, HMRC have announced a new initiative in respect of certain construction services where the recipient of the supplies will be responsible for accounting for VAT and not the supplier.
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When and if the UK exits the single market, UK businesses that sell goods to consumers in other EC member states such as businesses trading on Amazon, eBay or similar online platforms will no longer be able to register for VAT under the distance selling rules in other EC member states, so any current distance sales VAT registrations in other member states will become invalid. The goods sent from the UK to EC end consumers will instead become subject to VAT and duty at the point that they clear into the EC from the UK.
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We can assist you if you: • find VAT a real puzzle, • wonder if the majority of VAT publications are written in a strange foreign language, • are concerned about what Brexit means when your business accounts for VAT, or; • simply require a refresher to supplement your VAT knowledge and add to the bundle of evidence that your organisation carries out due diligence
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