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Businesses should prepare now for the August launch of HMRC’s Customs Declaration Service

carolineheath 4 May 2018 No comments

In August 2018 HMRC will begin a phased launch of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). UK businesses that currently import or export goods outside the EU will need to prepare now for using the new service to declare these goods, due to revised and additional data requirements. Depending on the outcome of Brexit, UK businesses…

VAT fraud

HMRC calls on online marketplaces to sign agreement tackling VAT fraud

carolineheath 26 April 2018 No comments

HMRC is asking all online marketplaces operating in the UK to sign an agreement to help tackle online VAT fraud and errors taking place on their platforms. The agreement follows the Public Accounts Committee recommendation to put in place an agreement to set out collaborative working arrangements between HMRC and online marketplaces. The agreement To assist HMRC in tackling online…

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New Milestone Achieved in rbcVAT Limited’s Growth

carolineheath 5 April 2018 No comments

rbcVAT Limited Collaboration Agreement with Andersen Global rbcVAT Limited is pleased to announce a major step in the firm’s growth through a Collaboration Agreement with Andersen Global, at the same time as welcoming three new members to the team. Andersen Global was established in 2013 by U.S. member firm Andersen Tax LLC. It is an…

Inquiry on VAT

Could VAT be abolished in the UK? Treasury Committee launches an inquiry on VAT

carolineheath 28 March 2018 No comments

The Treasury Committee, which scrutinises the policy of HMRC, has launched an inquiry on VAT. The Treasury Sub-Committee are also to look into a series of other key tax issues including tax avoidance and evasion, and HMRC’s role in tax inquiries. VAT Inquiry There are four components to the VAT inquiry: Tax Gap—HMRC estimates that…

VAT consultations

Spring Statement 2018 – the VAT aspects

carolineheath 14 March 2018 No comments

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond presented his first Spring Statement to Parliament on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Major tax or spending changes will now be made once a year at the Budget in the Autumn. The Spring Statement is intended to: give an update on the overall health of the economy and the…

Brexit future partnership

Brexit – Theresa May’s speech on Our Future Partnership

carolineheath 2 March 2018 No comments

In a speech today at Mansion House, the Prime Minister set out the Government’s vision for the future partnership the UK is seeking with the EU following Brexit. The five tests First, the Prime Minister set out her five tests for the agreement on the future partnership with the EU, which were that it should:…


Brexit: The European Commission has issued a Notice highlighting the main Customs and Indirect Tax implications of the UK leaving the EU.

carolineheath 5 February 2018 No comments

The European Commission has published a Notice to Stakeholders on the customs and indirect tax implications of the UK leaving the EU. The Notice states that, subject to any transitional arrangement or a different date being included in the ratified withdrawal agreement, as of 30 March 2019 the EU rules concerning customs and indirect taxation…

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European Commission proposes new rules on VAT rates and simplifications for SMEs

carolineheath 19 January 2018 No comments

On 18 January 2018 the European Commission proposed new rules to give Member States more flexibility to set VAT rates and to create a better tax environment for SMEs. Next step in 2016 VAT Action Plan   The proposals build on the Commission’s 2016 VAT Action Plan which aims to overhaul current VAT rules and establish a…

OTS VAT Report

OTS publishes report on the UK VAT system

carolineheath 18 January 2018 No comments

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) published its final report on the UK VAT system in November 2017.  This follows the first major review of the VAT system in over 40 years. The report contains 23 recommendations for simplifying the tax. Why was the review conducted? At the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the…


The first GCC States introduce VAT

carolineheath 5 January 2018 No comments

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the first GCC States to introduce VAT with effect from 1 January 2018. It is the first time the Gulf countries have introduced this type of levy and is a significant change for a region long accustomed to a tax-free environment. It is the latest measure introduced by Gulf…