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Resisting HMRC on VAT ruling

30 April 2019 / Neil Warren
Issue: 4693 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
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Key points

  • A business-to-business supply in Spain by a UK company was outside the scope of UK VAT.
  • UK suppliers to the UK company charged VAT which was claimed.
  • HMRC’s view was that VAT had been charged incorrectly by the suppliers of a UK business.
  • The place of supply rules for business-to-business performance services changed in January 2011.
  • The subtleties of the rules on ‘admission-related services’.
  • HMRC email address to notify the department of incorrect technical information in its publications.

To quote the catchphrase of the late performer Max Bygraves: ‘I wanna tell you a story.’ Needless to say my story is about VAT and a very difficult encounter I had with an HMRC officer who refused to accept that HMRC’s own public notice was correct. ‘The notice is irrelevant ’ she said ‘it’s what it says in the HMRC VAT Manual that counts.’

The only problem was that the manual was more out-of-date on...

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