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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.

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Meet the team

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Rebecca Laughton (previously Bishop)

VAT Assistant Manager

Rebecca is ACCA qualified and joined the firm in 2019, specialising in the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme for VAT. She previously worked for eight years at a regional firm of accountants where she worked closely with a portfolio of clients in various industries assisting with all aspects of running and managing their accounts functions, software requirements and providing bespoke management reports.

Rebecca is now using her accountancy and software experience to advise clients on how TOMS impacts their accounting, their margins and their businesses.

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Sue Rathmell

Partner

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.
 
With experience with over 50’s tour operator Saga under her belt, Sue is a travel VAT specialist, helping tour operators understand the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (known as TOMS) which calculates how much VAT is due on holidays. TOMS is also used in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) world.  
 
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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Julie Green

VAT Manager

Julie is a VAT Manager based at our Leicester offices and has worked in VAT since joining HMRC in 2004. Julie has experience of providing bespoke consultancy on the full range of VAT technical matters with a special interest in land and property transactions.

Julie aims to understand her clients' and helps them to achieve their objectives whilst remaining compliant with the complex VAT legislation. Julie also has experience in dispute resolution and has successfully represented a number of clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Martin Pooley

TOMS VAT Consultant

Martin specialises in the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme for VAT (TOMS). This is the special VAT scheme which saves tour operators from having to register in every Member State where they send clients.

He joined the firm in 2019 and is passing on his TOMS expertise to the VAT team in Kent led by Sue Rathmell.

Martin was previously an independent TOMS consultant for 27 years, acting for 500 operators over that time. Before that he was a tax partner at KPMG after training with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

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What they say about us

MHA MacIntyre Hudson has truly been a value additive auditor, which is quite rare and something to look up to. The level of knowledge of all team members and the engagement partner is quite extensive and we have thoroughly enjoyed the partnership with them. Way to go MHA MacIntyre Hudson!! - Dishman group

What they say about us

A team who fully understood our business, our objectives and ultimately a team who we felt we could trust and enjoy working with. Excellent advice throughout the negotiations. Would not hesitate to recommend them. Neil Hollingworth - SRBE Holdings Limited