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When is a book not a book? When the tax man gets involved
Jim Burberry

05 March 2020

Ian Brown, VAT Manager, comments on the VAT implications on books and newspapers.

VAT tribunal allows zero-rate for digital newspapers

26 February 2020

Following a tribunal ruling, an independent review and a celebrity led campaign, the Government is under pressure on three sides to end the application of VAT at 20 per cent to digital publications.

Tourist tax consultation set to close, but what could the impact be?
Stuart McCallum

29 November 2019

The outcome of the ‘tourist tax’ consultation will be eagerly watched by many in the leisure and hospitality sectors. But this concern also stretches across into the food and drink sector which has embraced the appeal of provenance for Scottish brands and the sector has expanded in the experiential with activities, such as whisky and gin distillery tours.

Scottish farmer wins VAT appeal in the Supreme Court

31 July 2019

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Scottish farmer is entitled to recover more than £1m of VAT incurred on the purchase of more than £7m of EU farm subsidies - a decision which could prompt many other UK taxpayers to revisit VAT they’ve blocked on fundraising activities.

Edinburgh tourist tax - what about the VAT

10 December 2018

The City of Edinburgh Council's consultation on a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) or ‘tourist tax’ closes next week, but one big unknown remains – what happens about VAT? Will visitors have to pay tax on tax?

Financial blow for independent schools in today's Scottish Budget
Jim Burberry

14 December 2017

Jim Burberry, partner at RSM in Scotland responds to today’s Scottish Budget announcement.

Space taxation: the next generation of tax legislation?

06 October 2017

The government has yet again shown its support for the UK space industry at the start of World Space Week, announcing a £50m cash injection for the Science Programme at the Defence Science and Technology laboratory (Dstl) to support ongoing innovation projects.

EU VAT reforms could add further complexity to UK Brexit negotiations warns RSM
Jim Burberry

05 October 2017

The European Commission’s plans to reform EU VAT rules, announced on Wednesday, will add further complexity to the UK’s future relationship with the EU post-Brexit warns RSM.

Enjoy national colouring book day VAT free
Jim Burberry

02 August 2017

If it rains this Wednesday (2 August) why not celebrate national colouring book day by staying indoors, breaking out the felt tips and enjoy family time together colouring in, as it could be a very tax efficient activity.

RSM further strengthens VAT and indirect tax team in Scotland
Jim Burberry

13 April 2017

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed VAT and indirect tax specialist Ian Brown as a manager in Glasgow.

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