My aim is to provide effective cost effective VAT consultancy and advice.   I can advise on all VAT matters.

About Me

I have over 30 years experience of working in VAT.  I started my career at HM Customs and Excise. Here  I undertook a variety of roles including enquiries, compliance visits and eventually headquarters policy work. Following this I spent 12 years leading the VAT team of a top 20 accountancy practice. I then established my own practice in Jan 2014.

I can provide the technical skills of a large practice without the overheads. This means I can offer a better value and a more personal service. I am covered by comprehensive professional indemnity insurance and regulated by the Chartered Insitute of Taxation.

Experience

I have a wide range of experience.

At HMCE I carried out a number of VAT roles including being a visiting Officer. I also worked at HMRC HQ which gave me experience of policy and a lot of experience dealing with VAT cases. When at HMCE cases I was involved in included cases concerned with whether a car was available for private use; the VAT treatment of tourist boards and their VAT recovery; cases concerned with whether money was paid under a grant or contract and the ICAEW House of Lords case on business.

Since leaving HMRC  I have been involved in a number of appeals. These have included cases on  whether  charity membership subscriptions should be exempt;  zero ratinhgZero rating for care homes;  the option to tax and standard method override;  whether free memberships are non business and VAT recovery for a museum.

I have a lot of policy experience. I can assist with lobbying for and negotiating changes to the VAT system on behalf of clients and can point to at least 6 policy changes in the last 20 years which I have helped bring about. These include the refund scheme for war memorials introduced in 2000. I have more recently been involved via Hospice Uk in discussion on the VAT refund scheme for hospices.

I am a member of the CIOT and have both lectured and written on VAT. Publications include the Tolleys Guide to the Taxation of Charities.

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