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

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Meet the team

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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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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 Indirect Tax 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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John Rossiter

Director – Indirect Tax

John has over 24 years of experience advising clients on VAT and other indirect tax matters and brings a wealth of experience to the team having worked in the UK, Ireland and Canada.

John works with businesses of all sizes from owner managed to listed multi-nationals in a broad range of industry sectors. He has a particular focus on supply chain and international indirect tax matters, real estate and construction, financial services, and tax risk management. 

A key part of John’s role is to leverage the international expertise that is available to all MHA MacIntyre Hudson clients through the Baker Tilly International network, so no matter where our clients operate or trade, they have access to the professional services and support that they need to succeed.

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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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What they say about us

The relationship with MHA MacIntyre Hudson has always been a solid one. The team are able to respond quickly to problems and achieving timescales. Their international network, Baker Tilly International, gives them breadth and the ability to cover overseas issues. - PRISYM ID

What they say about us

My favourite benefit of working with MHA MacIntyre Hudson is having access to a huge network of knowledge but still having the direct personal feel when dealing with the local office team. Callum Bates -
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