VAT Advice and Services

Rob Geary. VAT Consultant for Lovewell Blake

From technical VAT consultancy projects to ensuring you stay up to date with changes to rules and regulations.

Rob Geary. VAT Consultant for Lovewell Blake

Our team of experts has experience of working as HM Revenue and Customs officers and are able to help you understand the ever-changing case law, legislation and guidance in order to help you stay compliant.     

VAT planning helps you make the most of every transaction.

  • Identify the best time to register and the most suitable VAT accounting method for your business
  • Develop good procedures and rigorous systems.

We will guide you through your return submissions and errors, and can even negotiate with HMRC on your behalf.   

We will carry out a regular VAT 'health check' of your business to make sure you don't pay unnecessary VAT and you recover the maximum amount you can.

Mary Schofield, Partner for Lovewell Blake

Different because you are

We pride ourselves on providing individually tailored services to our clients. Whatever your aspirations and priorities in business and life, we will be by your side with expert advice from local specialists. It is because your needs are unique, that the solutions we provide are distinct and personalised to you.

We can help with all aspects of VAT planning, but have particular expertise in:

  • Land, property and construction
  • Business transfers
  • The flat rate scheme and partial exemption
  • Imports, exports and trade on both EU and an international level
  • Charities and academies
  • VAT assurance visits, penalties and voluntary disclosures
  • Financial services.

Get in touch to speak to our team or to book a consultation with our VAT specialist Rob Geary.

 If you're looking to understand a bit more about what VAT is, however, then visit our guide to VAT.

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How can you help to ensure my business stays up to date with changes to rules and regulations?

Our team of experts are former HM Revenue and Customs officers and are dedicated to keeping up to date with changes to the VAT legislation, reviewing case law and HMRC’s own guidance so they can help our clients to understand how these impact on their business and remain compliant. They like to get to know our clients and how their business operates, so that they can share their knowledge and experience when providing individual guidance and support.

Is the VAT rate going to be reduced?

We recently witnessed the UK’s ability to implement reduced VAT rates. They took the decision to reduce the VAT rate for certain hospitality, holiday accommodation, attractions and food and drink supplies in an effort to boost business during the Covid-19 pandemic. The reduced rates are gradually increasing to 12.5% from 1 October 2021 and then reverting to 20% with effect from 1 April 2022.Crucially, the UK is now able to determine their own VAT rates so there could well be further reductions ahead.

What does a VAT consultant do?

Our VAT consultants provide support and assistance for all our clients and for all types of VAT enquiries. This can range from taking an appeal to a tribunal hearing to explaining how to import goods or whether VAT should be charged on a certain supply and everything in between! They have a lot of experience both as HMRC officers and in practice which means they can see the bigger picture. They provide practical advice so that our clients can understand the ever-changing case law, legislation and guidance that affects them. They also help clients with VAT return submissions, errors, queries and can even negotiate with HMRC on a clients’ behalf. We offer regular VAT reviews for your business and produce VAT alerts periodically on our website. Whilst our VAT consultants specialise in some of the more complex sectors such as land and property, construction, business transfers, VAT schemes, partial exemption, imports, exports etc. they also cover wider issues such as trade on both EU and an international level, charities, academies, VAT assurance visits, penalties and voluntary disclosures. So, no matter how complex or simple our clients VAT queries may be, we are well placed to assist them.

Why should I pick Lovewell Blake for VAT advice services?

There is no such thing as a ‘silly question’ when it comes to VAT because there are so many possible outcomes and possibilities and rarely are two cases the same. By seeking VAT advice not only will you understand the situation, but it will help to decide how best to proceed. At Lovewell Blake, we cover all aspects of VAT compliance, planning and preparation and advisory queries and have worked with a diverse range of businesses from sole traders to multinational organisations. We get to know our clients tailor the advice accordingly to suit their needs.

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