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VAT

VAT and associated sales taxes continue to be complex; our VAT experts come from a variety of backgrounds, and are experienced in handling both the day-to-day VAT issues and those more nuanced and high-risk solutions. 

HMRC disputes and investigations

Whatever the stage of an HMRC investigation you find yourself, we can prepare you for, and attend, VAT inspections. We aim to resolve disputes using the most cost-effective method, including directly challenging unfair and incorrect decisions, or by negotiation using alternative dispute resolution. We also have extensive experience in VAT appeals in tribunals and courts, and offer fee protection insurance to protect you against the costs of a dispute before it arises.

VAT compliance

VAT is a complex tax and HMRC threaten penalties for any errors; let us guide you through the maze of regulations. We work with you to ensure that you understand VAT and its impact on your transactions, assisting with: 

  • VAT registrations
  • Ad-hoc advice
  • Assistance with partial exemption methods or special VAT schemes
  • Advising on record-keeping 
  • Completing VAT calculations and VAT returns on your behalf. 

International VAT

With businesses now trading across the globe, UK VAT is just one complexity, and overseas VAT registration may also be required. Utilising our experience in advising on cross-border supply chains, we can help you deal with complex transactions as well as offer access to our global VAT network through Baker Tilly International.

Land, property and construction

The VAT rules in relation to property transactions are particularly complex and this, coupled with the high value of transactions, means that specific VAT advice is highly recommended - particularly in relation to:

  • Option to tax
  • Relevant residential and relevant charitable developments
  • 5% reduced rate construction services
  • Capital Goods Scheme
  • Transfers of a going concern
  • New build dwellings

VAT health checks

VAT has evolved from the “simple tax” originally introduced, and it is easy for even the most diligent businesses to make mistakes. Our VAT health check aims to give your business peace of mind that it is compliant with all relevant rules, as well highlighting opportunities for VAT savings and efficiencies. We review:

  • VAT accounting processes and systems
  • The liability of income streams 
  • VAT recovery position, including partial exemption methods
  • Specific issues or one-off activities
  • Special accounting schemes, such as the flat rate or cash accounting schemes

Get in touch to chat about getting your VAT affairs in order.

Key contact

Indirect Tax Partner
Alison Horner
+44 (0)1604 624 011
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Meet the team

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James Dickman

Accounts Manager

James started with MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2009 where he completed his training and has worked his way up to Accounts Manager. James is a specialist in the Healthcare sector and assist his clients with a variety of services, including:

  • Partnership and sole trader accounts and tax returns
  • VAT returns, including partial exemption calculations
  • Preparing superannuation certificates for the NHS pension scheme
  • Bookkeeping and management accounts
  • Due diligence and reviews of GP practices for merger and profitability purposes, including for local CCGs
  • Implementing, training and advising on cloud accounting solutions for all organisations nationally

James qualified as a chartered accountant in 2014 and is a part of the ICAEW Healthcare Sector Group. He looks after a large number of GP practices and a wide variety of medical consultants mainly in the Kent and London, but works with clients both nationally and internationally too.

James is a Xero certified advisor and a certified QuickBooks Online advisor which he uses as part of his nominated Digital Solutions contact role for the firm.

In James’ spare time he enjoys playing snooker and pool as well as a round of golf and watching the Formula 1.

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Sue Rathmell

VAT Director

Sue is an Indirect Tax specialist with more than 25 years’ experience of VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, excise and customs duties. She joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in April 2017 and heads up the indirect tax services in the Kent region. 

Sue spent 5 years as in-house Indirect Tax Manager at Saga plc. Before that Sue worked for a Big 4 firm in London and in Central Europe and initially she worked for HMRC. Sue is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

Outside the office, Sue enjoys travelling, particularly island hopping in Greece in search of the perfect beach and the perfect taverna.

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Alison Horner

Indirect Tax Partner

Alison is a Chartered Tax Adviser who works closely with her clients across the firm to manage the complexities of VAT and to identify VAT savings and opportunities.

As VAT Partner she has worked with the firm for 15 years and previously worked for Reuters, Deloitte and started her VAT career with HMRC. Alison and her team aim to provide commercial solutions to the issues facing our clients, who are from all types of sectors. In particular Alison enjoys advising on property and construction matters and international trade. 

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Glyn Edwards

VAT Director

Glyn is a VAT Director based at our Leicester and Birmingham offices. Glyn’s VAT career started with H.M.Customs and Excise in 1989 and he spent seven years in the Department before moving to consultancy.

His specialisms include land & property; the not-for-profit sector, health and agriculture. He is also a part of MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s market leading motor team. He is passionate about making  VAT understandable to clients and always aims to seek solutions which work for a business as well as being compliant with the complexities of VAT regulations.

Glyn has an enviable record in VAT litigation and dispute resolution representing clients in Tribunal and Alternative Dispute Resolution as well as instructing barristers in leading VAT cases.

He is a chartered tax advisor and a member of the CIOT’s Dispute Resolution Group.

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What they say about us

SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector

What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group