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Response to HMRC IPT consultation
Justine McInnes

Insurance Premium Tax is a complex and unusual tax in that while it is the underwriter which is usually the “taxpayer” for IPT purposes, it is generally the broker which bears at least part of the cost of the IPT.

75 per cent of financial firms at risk of missing digital VAT deadline
John Forth

12 July 2019

New figures from HMRC have revealed that three quarters of VAT-registered financial firms have yet to sign up for Making Tax Digital and risk missing the deadline to do so.

Good VAT news for financial services providers
John Forth

08 March 2019

Draft legislation issued last week appears to be very good news for FS providers who supply services to recipients located in the EU, and who currently suffer a significant VAT cost on such supplies – resulting from VAT recovery on the costs associated with these supplies being blocked.

HMRC signals end to VAT cost sharing groups in financial services
John Forth

26 March 2018

HMRC has signalled the end of VAT cost sharing groups in the financial services sector after publishing a briefing paper on its response to a recent EU ruling. Although not widely used across the industry, VAT cost sharing structures operate as a valuable VAT cost reduction tool for financial services firms - particularly when combined with other VAT cost reduction mechanisms.

The EU is investigating the UK’s VAT treatment of commodity derivatives trades
John Forth

The EU Commission has confirmed that it is commencing infraction proceedings against the UK in respect of trading in certain commodity derivatives. At present transactions in relation to commodity derivatives including spot trades, futures and options benefit from a VAT zero rate under what is referred to as the Terminal Markets Order (TMO).

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