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How ‘no deal’ Brexit will work

How ‘no deal’ Brexit will work

Most people spend longer planning a wedding that UK businesses are being given to plan for Brexit.  Probably an odd thought given that this is a national divorce but nevertheless we are in a worrying situation.  Welcome then comes some real information published today...
What is a village hall anyway?

What is a village hall anyway?

Not for the first time HMRC have lost their argument trying to withhold VAT relief on a community building. Their stance has led to a real cost in lots of situations that I believe the VAT relief was intended to spare. We have to hope that the latest HMRC defeat in...
Commercial common sense wins through

Commercial common sense wins through

You may think it is obvious whether something is a booklet or not but, 45 years on, we still see HMRC arguing that VAT is due on printed matter instead of this being zero rated.  I sometimes find it hard to credit the arguments HMRC start and run all way to the tax...
Has HMRC refused your VAT registration?

Has HMRC refused your VAT registration?

HMRC are refusing to accept applications to VAT register where trade hasn’t yet started and this is just plain wrong!  If you know someone who has been refused a registration, please give me a call. Any organisation making plans to trade and incurring costs is...
Farmer’s VAT Flat Rate Success

Farmer’s VAT Flat Rate Success

An argument about whether a farmer is entitled to use the Farmers’ VAT Flat-rate Scheme has finally been settled after going right through the UK appeal process and all the way to the Court of Justice of the EU. The good news is that Shields & Sons Partnership...