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Please Mr Taxman pick up the ‘phone

Please Mr Taxman pick up the ‘phone

Accountants and their representative bodies have labelled the performance of HMRC’s VAT helpline ‘extremely worrying’ after the Revenue failed to answer nearly 60% of calls in May. Figures recently released by the tax authority show that in May 2019, HMRC answered...
Exemptions from Making Tax Digital for VAT

Exemptions from Making Tax Digital for VAT

Making Tax Digital for VAT (MAT) will shortly be upon us with the 7th August deadline for the first quarterly VAT filing, looming large on the horizon. Many of our clients are concerned both with the need for the additional tax submissions but also because of the...
First Tier VAT Tribunal Victory

First Tier VAT Tribunal Victory

Today’s Blog came about as a result of my regular review of recent Tax and VAT tribunal cases and this one caught my eye when I read that a first-tier VAT tribunal had decided that Anna Cook’s Ceroc dancing classes qualified for an exemption from VAT....
VAT on Food: Are Brownies, cakes or confectionery?

VAT on Food: Are Brownies, cakes or confectionery?

In 1991 a landmark tax ruling deemed that McVitie’s famous Jaffa cake were actually cakes and not biscuits as assessed by HMRC/VAT; thus zero-rating them for VAT purposes. Now, almost 30 years after this definitive VAT case (is it a cake or a chocolate biscuit?)...