Brexit Readiness

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With less than a year to go until the UK leaves the EU it is important for all businesses to start reviewing the impact which this huge change will have on their businesses. Although political […]

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Wheels come off VAT law as Harley bikers ride to victory

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Contrary to the tax office’s interpretation of how VAT should work with charities supplying benefits to their members, a tax tribunal has ruled in favour of the Harley Davidson owners group that each element of its membership […]

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Sage 50 Accounts – upgrade to file online tax forms

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Sage 50 Accounts users who are using old versions of the software will need to upgrade to carry on submitting reports to the tax office. Bishop Fleming’s Mark Smith explains what you need to do. […]

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CASC VAT dilemma – it’s just not cricket

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Community Amateur Sports Clubs (‘CASCs’) need to be very careful with VAT when undertaking building projects, as a recent case of a cricket club building a new pavilion clearly shows. Eynsham Cricket Club was a […]

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Recharging disbursements – should VAT be charged?

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A recent VAT tribunal case on disbursements explored the VAT treatment of search fees paid for by solicitors, and found that VAT should be charged when the cost is passed on to the client. Brabners […]

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A van or not a van? That is the question

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Is it a van or not a van? It matters for tax purposes. In 2015, I wrote an article on vans which explained HMRC’s practice for determining whether a vehicle is a car or a van, […]

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VAT danger on hotel booking website commission

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A number of hotels have recently encountered problems with over claiming VAT on fees charged by hotel booking websites, resulting in action by H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to recover VAT plus penalties and […]

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Making VAT Digital still happening in 2019

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The government announced last week that there will be a delay in the introduction of Making Tax Digital for direct taxes until at least 2020, though possibly until after the next general election which will […]

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Hotel Wedding Packages – key VAT development

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In an important case for hotels that offer a licenced venue for weddings and civil partnerships, a tax tribunal has held that the hire of the room is not exempt from VAT. The Upper Tribunal […]

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New relaxed Stamp Duty rules for Wales?

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Land transactions in the UK have been subject to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) since 2003, but we now have different regimes for Scotland and Wales. Devolution has seen a separate tax charged (Land & […]

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