Tax & Boats: Greek Tonnage Tax

“Tax and boats” has always been a hot topic for me. So, the EU is considering dallying with the Greek tonnage tax ….. watch this space, tax fans!

Eamon McNicholas

Tax Barrister, Accountant

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VAT Notice 702: imports

I have been asked about VAT Notice 702: imports.

HMRC recommend that “this notice should be read by anyone importing goods into the UK from outside the fiscal (VAT) territory of the EU. You can find out the extent of the fiscal territory in section 9.”

Here is the link:   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-702-imports/vat-notice-702-imports

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MEPs Critical Over Tax Evasion and Panama Papers

A committee of MEPs looking at tax evasion and the Panama papers leak has been critical of some EU countries and action to combat tax abuses was “blocked by individual member states”.

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EU Court rules in favour of UK farmers

Good news for UK farmers who have been incorrectly removed from the agricultural flat-rate scheme (ARFS) and may be entitled to a VAT repayment or compensation, explained neatly here on the FarmingUK website.

https://www.farminguk.com/news/European-VAT-Court-rules-in-favour-of-UK-farmers_47688.html

Eamon McNicholas

Tax Barrister, Accountant

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EU-New Zealand Treaty Talks in Trouble Before They Start

The EU hopes to start talks on a trade deal with New Zealand this year, the EU Commission announced this week, but adding only after all the preparatory work was complete.
The problem the EU has is that on past form it is hidebound, riven by conflicting interests squabbles and is getting left behind. It took the EU a marathon 7 years to negotiate and then 2 years to ratify the Canada deal.
A recent opinion from the highly-regarded Advocate General (AG) Sharpston of the European Court on the proposed EU-Singapore trade deal, Opinion Procedure C-2/15, that it can only be ratified by the EU and members states acting together further complicates things.
Although strictly not binding on the European Court the AG’s opinion is usually followed. This opinion especially is a hugely impressive and comprehensive legal analysis of the complex issues of the EU ratifying treaties. Her opinion runs to 570 paragraphs, plus an appendix of 131 paragraphs and 418 footnotes.
Tellingly the AG notes in her paragraph 565 that:-
“A ratification process involving all the Member States alongside the European Union is of necessity likely to be both cumbersome and complex. It may also involve the risk that the outcome of lengthy negotiations may be blocked by a few Member States or even by a single Member State. That might undermine the efficiency of EU external action and have negative consequences for the European Union’s relations with the third State(s) concerned.”
Sadly the EU is now sclerotic in its ratification of international deals.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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VAT and affiliation fees for sports clubs – Notice 701/45

HMRC has given notice of the withdrawal of its extra statutory concession (ESC) on VAT and affiliation fees for sports clubs, currently published as paragraph 3.6.2 of VAT Notice 701/45.
“A sport’s governing body, or similar umbrella organisation, often charges an affiliation fee to individual clubs who make an onward charge to their members. Where the clubs are non-profit making, the supply of this affiliation fee to their individual members is exempt from VAT.
However, if the club is a profit-making commercial club, then the supply to their individual member is standard rated.
The concession seeks to put profit-making commercial clubs in a similar position to non-profit making clubs, in that they do not need to account for output tax on the fee charged. It achieves this by allowing profit-making commercial clubs to treat these re-charges to their members as though they were disbursements. However, as such re-charges of affiliation fees are not legally a disbursement the concession goes beyond HMRC’s discretion and it will be withdrawn with effect from April 2018.
Withdrawal of the concession means that the onward charge of the affiliation fee will be liable to VAT unless it meets the conditions of a disbursement.
The withdrawal of this concession has no impact on the VAT treatment of affiliation fees by non-profit making sports governing bodies, or similar umbrella organisations, and on non-profit making sports clubs to their members. In their case, the charge they make of affiliation fees continue to be exempt under the law.”

Eamon McNicholas
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Tax-Deductible Professional Bodies and Societies

An updated list of professional bodies, and learned societies, whose subscriptions HMRC has approved for tax deduction has been published.
But for tax deduction the subscription has to be necessary or helpful to a taxpayer doing their work and paid for by them.
The list of approved bodies ranges from the Aberdeen Junior Chamber of Commerce to the Zoological Society of London. As well as tax bodies like the Chartered Institute of Taxation or the VAT Practitioners Group

Eamon McNicholas
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