Monthly Archives: May 2016

Professional Bodies Pre-Approved for Tax Deduction

An updated list of professional bodies or learned societies recognised for income tax deduction has been published by HMRC. Fees or subscriptions can be reclaimed for tax if membership is either obligatory or helpful for doing ones job, but only … Continue reading

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Tax Refunds for Ship / Boat Owners – Norway

Tax fans rejoice! Boat / ship owners in Norway will now be able to claim tax refunds through a state aid scheme thanks to approval by the European Free Trade Association Surveillance (EFTA Surv) Authority. Sitting in London, I am … Continue reading

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Eclipse Case and Recovery of Costs at First-Tier Tax Tribunal

The Supreme Court has ruled on the limited scope of costs recovery in the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) in the tax case of Eclipse Film Partners No.35 LLP v HMRC [2016] UKSC 24, May/16. The FTT had ordered the sharing of … Continue reading

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Transfer of VAT Reclaims by Hospitals

NHS Trusts might have their VAT reclaims accepted by HMRC, according to a report by RSM. The claims cover overpaid VAT mainly on take-away food, drugs and prostheses. A sticking point has been HMRC viewing the claims, going back many … Continue reading

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Customs Tariff for Computers and Software

To help with classifying computers and software for import or export HMRC have published a guide on this area, chapters 84 and 85 of the Tariff. The guide gives hints and tips on classification, e.g. HMRC’s view on a computer … Continue reading

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VAT Repayments to Sports Clubs and Unjust Enrichment

There is a new HMRC Notice on VAT claims by non-profit making sports clubs. Revenue & Customs Brief 10 of 2016 “VAT- unjust enrichment: non-profit making sports clubs”. This replaces their 25/14 and 19/15. The background is the European Court … Continue reading

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VAT on Imports from Abroad

The importer of goods or services may well have to pay VAT. HMRC have published a guide on this “VAT: imports, acquisitions and purchases from abroad”, including special rules for VAT due on a boat or ship classed as a … Continue reading

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