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Gift of property to spouse: the VAT consequences

You own a commercial property that you let to an unconnected business. This has an option to tax in place. You would like to transfer 50% of this to your spouse for income tax planning purposes. What VAT challenges does this create?
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OVERSEAS VAT - 07.07.2020

VAT on contracts involving three countries

One of our subscribers has a deal to provide management consultancy services to a retailer in Morocco. All work will be done in Morocco, but a separate business based in Spain will assist our subscriber. What are the VAT issues of this arrangement?
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VAT CASES - 07.07.2020

Truffle balls are standard-rated as confectionery

The case. Corte Diletto UK Ltd (CD) sold healthy truffle balls, which were originally marketed as “Nouri Truffles” and then became “Nouri Healthy Balls” . They are vegan based, gluten free and “healthy but indulgent” . They contain natural sugar but no added sugar and measured about 3cm across. CD claimed that the products should be zero-rated as a healthy fruit-based snack that could be a substitute for a dessert. The director also claimed that they met the definition of a zero-rated cake....
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VAT ERRORS - 07.07.2020

Avoiding an interest charge for past errors

You have discovered that your business has made supplies of management services for the last five years to an associated company but didn’t charge VAT. How do you correct this problem, and can you avoid an interest charge on the underpaid VAT?
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TAKEAWAY FOOD - 07.07.2020

What counts as “premises” for VAT?

Q. We run a café and sandwich bar in a shopping centre. Outside our café we have about ten chairs and four tables where customers can enjoy their food and drink. About 20 yards away there is another seating area, described as a “food court”, where customers from six different catering outlets can sit. This area is cleaned by the shopping centre and not any of the outlets. Is cold food consumed at both outlets zero-rated as takeaway sales? ...
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Reclaiming VAT on remote working allowance for staff

The coronavirus crisis has identified certain employees that can work from home in the long term. You have agreed to give them up to £1,000 to pay for equipment and other homeworking costs. Can you reclaim any input tax?
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VAT - 08.06.2020

When is postage and packaging VATable?

The current crisis has forced our subscriber to find another way to sell her goods. She now sells her wine and food online, adding the cost of delivery to the price plus a little for her time and materials for packaging. Should she charge VAT on these?
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CORONAVIRUS - VAT - 22.06.2020

VAT construction industry scheme delayed again

Double delay. The introduction of the VAT reverse charge for the construction industry, already put back by one year to 1 October 2020, has been further delayed until 1 March 2021 because of the coronavirus crisis. The construction industry, like many others, has been badly affected by the lockdown and the scheme would affect cash flow at a time when businesses are trying to recover. ...
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VAT - 13.05.2020

Partial exemption - improving your VAT recovery

As a partially exempt business the amount of VAT you can recover on purchases is restricted unless overridden by the de minimis rules. These can be applied in different ways, but which produces the best outcome?
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