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Protecting VAT cash flow on developments of student accommodation
Jim Burberry

04 June 2020

As the four countries of the UK start to ease their lockdown restrictions and some sort of return to normality is on the horizon, private sector student accommodation providers may struggle if the economic conditions don’t improve rapidly to allow students to return to universities.

Understanding the VAT recovery rules in relation to costs, supplies, and activities
Audrey Fearing

18 May 2020

The upper tribunal case for Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation calls into question the approach to be taking by organisations that undertake non business and business activities.

Managing the impact of coronavirus on VAT recovery for charities
Audrey Fearing

18 May 2020

Coronavirus has resulted in many charities suffering a significant decline in revenues, and irrecoverable VAT costs increase significantly. We recommend that charities should build this reduction into their cash flow projections.

Protecting VAT cash flow on commercial developments

14 May 2020

The real estate sector is facing a number of new stresses in the current market. Unintended VAT costs to developers may be arising. Read more here for more information.

Protecting VAT cash flow on residential developments
Jim Burberry

30 April 2020

In a challenging market, a change in use of a planned residential development of new housing may give rise to an unintended VAT cost to the developer.

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?

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