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Emergency export controls applied to personal protective equipment
Brad Ashton

03 April 2020

A European Commission regulation designed to ensure EU, EFTA and related territories have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) has now been implemented in the UK.

Import VAT and duty freeze on medical supplies

02 April 2020

HMRC will not collect import VAT and duty for some organisations importing medical supplies that will be made available to those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Improving VAT cash flow for commercial property landlords

27 March 2020

VAT may be able to create important cash flow advantages. This article outlines just one option that commercial property landlords should consider, allowing them to realise a significant cash advantage.

Budget 2020: VAT overview

11 March 2020

Following the Chancellors 2020 Budget announcement, there are a raft of consultations taking place. This article summarises some of the key announcements.

Budget 2020 reaction: Christmas comes very early for book lovers
Philip Munn

11 March 2020

The Chancellor announced as part of his Budget speech today that the government would introduce legislation to apply a zero rate of VAT to e-publications from 1 December 2020, to make it clear that e-books, e-newspapers and e-magazines will be entitled to the same VAT treatments as their physical counterparts.

Coronavirus - travel and leisure sector seeks VAT support

10 March 2020

As the coronavirus begins to affect bookings, travel and leisure businesses are looking for VAT easements from HMRC to help their cash flow. But following the Government’s unsuccessful attempt to provide time-to-pay support to Flybe, it could be a case of once bitten, twice shy.

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.

Brexit bill brings more uncertainty for VAT and customs duty

24 January 2020

The new European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill changes the Brexit picture for VAT and customs duty yet again. Businesses should keep up preparations for a departure on 31 December 2020.

Upper Tribunal rules that e-newspapers should be zero rated for VAT
Philip Munn

02 January 2020

News Corp UK and Ireland Limited (News UK), the publisher of The Times, has been successful in its appeal to the Upper Tribunal where it argued that digital versions of its newspapers should be zero rated for VAT.

Making tax digital for VAT update - complex businesses now in scope and digital link deadlines may be extended

16 November 2019

Most UK VAT-registered organisations should, by now, have begun to account for VAT in compliance with the making tax digital for VAT (MTDfV) rules. However, HMRC has allowed a six-month extension to a minority of complex organisations.

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