VAT

We are VAT specialists – that’s a given. What sets us apart is how we communicate that expertise. We don’t quote chapter and verse from HMRC regulations; we’ll answer your VAT questions directly and in plain English. Of course, the final decision is yours, but we’ll always give you the advice we think is in your best interests.

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Why haysmacintyre

Our VAT team is larger than those in many mid-tier firms and our breadth of experience reflects the variety of clients we work for.

On any day, we might be advising on an international sports event, a multi-million pound restoration of a heritage asset and the acquisition of an extensive property portfolio. Certainly we’ll be glad to help you set up for VAT, get you registered and complete your return, but the majority of what we do is advisory. Clients come to us and stay with us, for our skills at demystifying VAT and simplifying their situation.

The key to this is our understanding of what you do and how you do it. Utilising the varied backgrounds of our team, we put ourselves in your shoes and advise accordingly – thinking and working as part of your team. Our analytical yet personable approach, means we’re highly proficient at solving your VAT problems.

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We can advise on the whole range of VAT services and queries, whether you’re running a Not for Profit organisation, a company of any size or come to us as a private client. We’ll guide you through all the various reliefs and grey areas to present a clear picture of your options and our recommendations.

  • Compliance
  • Partial exemption methods and planning
  • HMRC enquiries and disputes and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Mitigating penalties
  • Property transactions and fundraising
  • Capital projects
  • Managing VAT cashflow
  • Cross-border transactions
  • VAT reviews

HMRC has become increasingly determined to maximise its revenue and for some clients that can seem worrying. Yet a rational, objective response usually succeeds. On the very rare occasions we have to resolve a VAT dispute in court, the result is almost always in our client’s favour.

Brexit may mean we’re no longer part of the EU, but Europe is still our biggest market, and we work regularly for clients active in UK/EU trading. We work with MSI global alliance in Europe and around the world, to ensure the smoothest possible VAT transactions and compliance on exports and imports.

Corporate VAT and Tax updates

For our quarterly VAT updates for corporate organisations, please click below for all of our recent publications.

Not for Profit VAT and Tax updates

For our quarterly VAT updates for not for profit organisations and charities, please click below for all of our recent publications.

VAT insights

We regularly publish insights on the latest VAT news and updates. To stay up to date and for our expert analysis, click below for more.

New VAT interest and penalty rules

The old position Up to and including 31 December 2022, if a VAT return is not submitted and paid in full on time, then a taxpayer will be subject to the Default Surcharge regime. This provides that in the case of a first default, the taxpayer is sent a warning notice known as a Surcharge […]

haysmacintyre: Is your structure fit for purpose? Overview of VAT for property businesses

Transfers of a Going Concern (TOGC) One of the key areas for any business involved in the buying or selling of property is the question of whether a sale or purchase can qualify as a Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC). If a transfer qualifies as a TOGC there is no VAT chargeable on the […]

I like that you have a one-stop shop, not just one accounting discipline…we often get complex VAT scenarios, require corporate tax advice or simply need employment guidance etc and they have never let me down. I’d put haysmacintyre at the top. I think they just get it from a client perspective.

Tim Pain

Verve Properties
Phil Salmon

Phil Salmon

Partner, Co-Head of VAT
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Dougie Todd

Dougie Todd

Partner, Co-Head of VAT
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Insights

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Insights
Education
VAT for Schools – The reality of VAT on school fees

As the clock ticks down to the likely introduction of VAT on school fees, high...

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Customer Relationship Management in hand
Insights
Financial Services
VAT on international supplies in financial services

This article aims to explain the principles and practices surrounding VAT on international supplies within...

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Insights
Financial Services
The basics of VAT in the Financial Services sector

The impact of VAT and exemptions VAT presents unique challenges for the sector. Given the...

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Insights
Property
To opt or not to opt?

What is an Option to Tax and what does it do? The starting position for...

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Insights
Property
VAT – Reverse charge for building and construction services

Which supplies does it apply to? The DRC relates to supplies made at the standard...

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Insights
Corporate
VAT recovery on sale of shares in subsidiary companies

The UTT dismissed HMRC’s appeal against the decision of the First Tier Tribunal (FTT),...

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Case studies
Corporate
VAT advice for our client in the health technology sector

On review, we identified that a majority of services supplied by our client to business...

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Insights
Education
VAT for Schools – The reality of VAT on school fees

As the clock ticks down to the likely introduction of VAT on school fees, high...

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Customer Relationship Management in hand
Insights
Financial Services
VAT on international supplies in financial services

This article aims to explain the principles and practices surrounding VAT on international supplies within...

Read more
Insights
Financial Services
The basics of VAT in the Financial Services sector

The impact of VAT and exemptions VAT presents unique challenges for the sector. Given the...

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Insights
Property
To opt or not to opt?

What is an Option to Tax and what does it do? The starting position for...

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Insights
Property
VAT – Reverse charge for building and construction services

Which supplies does it apply to? The DRC relates to supplies made at the standard...

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Insights
Corporate
VAT recovery on sale of shares in subsidiary companies

The UTT dismissed HMRC’s appeal against the decision of the First Tier Tribunal (FTT),...

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Media
Corporate
VAT: Making and receiving overseas supplies

  Watch the video to understand: VAT treatment in international supplies The specified supplies rule...

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Media
Corporate
VAT for financial services: The basics

  Watch the video to understand: The impact of VAT on the sector VAT recovery...

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Media
Corporate
Brexit series: Round-up

  Adjusting to the post-Brexit environment Natasha Frangos, Head of Corporate, was joined by Jeremy...

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Media
Post Brexit trading for UK businesses

  haysmacintyre’s VAT experts, Kamlesh Chauhan and Stephen Patey, teamed up with MSI Global...

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Dougie Todd
Press
Corporate
haysmacintyre boosts Corporate VAT service with new partner hire

The appointment continues an exciting period of growth for haysmacintyre, following the appointment of Paul...

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Press
Corporate
Possible tax pitfalls of owning property outside of a company

Investment in property requires careful consideration, in order to avoid unexpected and unwanted costs later...

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Property, keys, blueprints
Publications
Property
haysmacintyre: Is your structure fit for purpose? How are HMRC’s delays and removal of services affecting property deals, and how can these be navigated?

Background There have been two key changes that HMRC has introduced in the last six...

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Publications
Corporate
Corporate VAT and Tax update – Q4 2022

“Happy New Year and best wishes for 2023. The second half of 2022 has been very quiet...

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Publications
Not for Profit
Not for Profit VAT and Tax update – Q4 2022

“The second half of 2022 has been very quiet from the point of view of the...

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Publications
Not for Profit
Schools Briefing – Autumn 2022

To begin with, Nick Bustin, Director, provides an employment tax update considering the changes to...

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Publications
Not for Profit
Not for Profit VAT and Tax update – Q2 2022

Everything starts with good intentions, and I had hoped to be able to write this...

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Publications
Corporate
Corporate VAT and Tax update – Q4 2021

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Accounting Excellence Large Firm of the Year 2023
eprivateclient top accountancy firm 2023

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