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Rent-free period on commercial property deal

6th January 2020
Mr Brown owns a warehouse that he rents out and the income that he receives is exempt from VAT. He has offered a new tenant a three month rent-free period at the beginning of a new rental agreement. Does this create any VAT problems? Our VAT expert John Craig discusses. Rent-free or not? The first...

What are the rules on motoring expenses and VAT?

3rd January 2020
When you buy a car, unless you use it 100% for business, you can’t reclaim any of the VAT paid on the purchase. However, more generous rules apply to the cost of motoring expenses such as accessories, repairs and so on. John Craig explains exactly what these rules are and how you can benefit from...

Input tax on computers for homeworking

29th October 2019
Your business has agreed that some employees will become homeworkers and has provided laptops to assist them. What VAT issues must you consider with these laptops? John Craig discusses the implications. Homeworking If you provide your employees with a computer and there is no business use, the tax you pay to the supplier is not...

September Questions and Answers

3rd September 2019
Can we submit monthly VAT returns? Q. We struggle to pay our quarterly VAT returns on time because we use the VAT money for other business expenses before it becomes due. Would HMRC allow us to complete monthly returns to help our cash flow? A. Unfortunately not. A business can only submit monthly returns if...

August Questions and Answers

1st August 2019
Does the name on the invoice matter? Q. I am the finance director of a large company and have just discovered that hotel bills we pay for in relation to our sales staff working away from home are always made out to the individual employee and not the company. Does this create an input tax...

New business – when is the best time to register for VAT?

23rd July 2019
You have identified a new business opportunity that you want to keep separate from your main business. What should you consider regarding your VAT recovery if you don’t want to register straightaway? VAT expert John Craig advises. You can voluntarily register for VAT at any time if you are either making or intend to make...

Are you ready for the new Reverse Charge?

31st May 2019
If you are a businesses involved in the supply of construction services, from 1st October 2019, you will need to change how you account for VAT. This is when the Construction Services Domestic Reverse Charge (CSDRC) is introduced, VAT expert John Craig takes a closer look. If you are a supplier making a supply of...

Well built

28th March 2019
In this article we answer some well-constructed questions on the issue of reduced and zero-rated VAT on building projects. If you are involved in the construction industry, deliver trades and services or are planning a new building project you will know just how complex the issue of VAT and zero-rating can be. This article poses...

Retail therapy

20th September 2018
As a retailer, it is very likely that you will on occasion run special offers and promotions to boost sales, but what do you need to consider in order to avoid unexpected VAT consequences? JRW’s Bob Johnstone provides you with some good advice. Correct amount Normally VAT is due on the price charged if that...

VALUE ADDED MOTORING

1st May 2018
VAT rules for cars used in your business are notoriously strict but for some types of motor running expenses, they are surprisingly generous. John Craig explains what are they and how can you take maximum advantage of them? Except in the rare situation that you can prove to HMRC that a car is used 100%...