As Lovewell Blake’s VAT
consultant, I regularly attend all of our offices across East Anglia. I
provide help and support to a wide range of clients with all aspects of VAT
compliance, planning and preparation. There is such a diverse range of
businesses throughout East Anglia, from one-man-bands to multinational
organisations, and the VAT advice is tailored accordingly. Some of the
more specialist work includes land and property transactions, partial
exemption, charities and capital goods scheme. Having spent several years working for HMRC in London, I have been able to utilise that experience in subsequent years working with Lovewell Blake’s clients.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and am a keen football fan.
My sectors and specialisms
- VAT services
- Land and Property transactions
Speak to me about
- VAT Compliance
- VAT Planning
- Partial exemption
WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC (Morrisons), recently appealed the first-tier tribunal decision in relation to the VAT treatment of Nakd bars and Organix bars.
HMRC have announced that they are closing the existing VAT online portal at the end of October 2022.
Most VAT registered businesses have at some point queried whether they can reclaim the VAT on an expense. If the expense is a personal or non-business expense, the answer is usually ‘no’. If the expense is directly linked to goods or services that are subject to VAT at 0% 5% or 20%, then the answer is usually ‘yes’.
VAT registered businesses to move onto HMRC’s new single customs platform before the deadline of 30 September 2022
The first phase comes into effect at the end of September 2022. Businesses importing goods after this time will need to use HMRC’s new single CDS platform to make import declarations. After 31 March 2023 CHIEF will no longer be able to be used for export declarations and these will need to be posted onto CDS from then.
The UK Government is introducing a Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT). This is intended to deter the use of single use plastic and move towards recycled plastic. The tax will apply to packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic.
As employers gear up for the Christmas party season for the first time in two years, they need to take care to avoid a tax hangover.
An ongoing area of risk for both VAT registered and Non-VAT registered businesses is the place of supply of their services, as there are many small differences which can catch suppliers out. For VAT purposes, the place of supply is generally where a business is liable to charge VAT.
There is a special mechanism to recover VAT incurred on building, or converting a non-residential property into, a new home for you or a family member to live in. This is often referred to as a DIY VAT claim and is well worth exploring to recover some of the VAT costs that could otherwise be forgotten about.
When Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD) was introduced back in 2019, it was compulsory for most businesses trading above the VAT threshold of £85,000 to keep records in a digital format and submit their VAT returns using MTD compatible software.
A recent Court of Appeal case concerning the Royal Opera House Foundation has decided that that there was no direct and immediate link between the costs of staging productions and their taxable supplies of catering etc. The production costs were found to be ‘directly and immediately linked’ to ticket sales which are exempt from VAT due to the cultural exemption rules and the VAT costs incurred on them as a consequence was irrecoverable.
The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Balhousie Holdings [Balhousie Holdings Ltd v HMRC  UKSC 11] indicates that care home operators (and other entities such as charities and universities) may be able to use sell and lease back arrangements to finance the construction of new buildings without incurring a significant VAT penalty.
If you are involved with the demolition or development of a building then consideration should be given to the VAT position and whether it can be reclaimed. Generally speaking, VAT costs would need to be incurred solely in relation to the making of taxable supplies whether they are currently being made or if there is an intention to make taxable supplies.
From 1 March 2021, if your VAT-registered business provides certain supplies of construction services to another business you may no longer need to charge them VAT. This is because your customer may need to account for it under the new domestic reverse charge for construction services.
Complicated new VAT rules post-Brexit are causing big headaches for both importers and exporters - and with a change in the system unlikely to happen, businesses are going to have to get to grips with the new VAT regime or else stop trading with the EU.
In the latest of our series of weekly Brexit Blogs, Rob Geary explains how Brexit will result in changes to VAT rules which will affect any business importing or exporting goods.
‘A recent first-tier tribunal case, Wickford Development Co Limited v HMRC, has been found in favour of the taxpayer, raising again the possibility of HMRC incorrectly interpreting the scope of the ‘Builder’s Block’, this being HMRC’s block on builders and contractors recovering input VAT incurred on goods that are not ‘building materials ordinarily incorporated in a building’.
Previously, HMRC guidance stated that when customers are charged early termination fees to withdraw from contracts, or payments are required for breach of contract, then these charges are not generally relating to a supply and are outside the scope of VAT.
Many businesses purchase vehicles to support their day-to-day operations. Whilst it may be assumed that, as a vehicle is being acquired by a business to support their activities, the VAT incurred on the purchase costs would be recoverable, this is often not the case.
The CJEU has considered a VAT case concerning the recovery of overhead VAT costs for a partially exempt business who supplied goods by way of hire purchase (the taxable supply) and the supply of credit (the exempt supply).
If your VAT-registered business provides construction services to another business you will no longer need to charge them VAT.
From 1 January 2020, the European Commission are introducing a number of ‘quick fixes’ aiming to simplify and harmonise EU VAT rules regarding intra-EU supplies of goods.
There are some VAT reliefs for disabled people. These typically relate to goods, however certain building works also qualify for VAT relief.
An ‘option to tax’ is a formal declaration made by a VAT registered entity which has an interest in a commercial property or land. The interest can be freehold or leasehold.