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If you are a grant funded organisation VAT can be a very confusing area especially as grants now commonly come with a range of conditions to be met akin to a contract. This can make determining if VAT is due on the funding quite difficult. However, it has generally been accepted that subsidies are outside the scope of VAT.
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It can be difficult to write about Brexit as there seems to be a Brexit fatigue syndrome creeping in, however, the deal announced on 17 October 2019 between the UK Government and the EU certainly made for interesting reading.
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HMRC are extending the soft-landing period for businesses that can evidence that it is not practical for them to implement digital links across their accounting systems prior to the relevant deadline.
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The VAT People and its sister company The Customs People are presently assisting a number of businesses based in the UK, EU and outside the EU to ensure that they are ready to continue to trade if the United Kingdom leaves the EU on 31 October 2019.
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If your client or your business is based outside and sells goods stored in the UK to UK consumers through an on-line marketplace, the business will be required to register for VAT when it commences to trade in the UK (as overseas businesses to not have the benefit of waiting until their sales exceed the VAT registration threshold).
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The EU has released their latest guidance covering the new rules in relation to online marketplaces being responsible for VAT on the sale of goods.
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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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