This is a very quick post to make a very simple point. Every week, I answer queries, free of charge, from all sorts of people, both businesses and private individuals. So even if the query is quite complicated, if I can deal with it in an initial telephone call or...The most common misunderstanding about VAT and renovations is when you can get the 5% reduced rate. So I thought that I’d try to clear up the confusion. The basic rule is: If you are purchasing goods only, the retailer has to charge 20% VAT. That’s it. ...I’m often asked if it’s okay to “do it this way” to avoid a VAT liability. More recently, a potential client with a potential £80k liability said “I’ll pay you if you can find a way out of this VAT cost”. This was not a grey...We’re all in Brexit preparation mode at present and HMRC has issued updated guidance for a no-deal Brexit as well as sending letters to those businesses who trade only with EC suppliers and customers. As always, keep an eye out for information that is relevant...Check out the information on HMRC’s no-deal Brexit page for detailed guidance about how things will work from 1 April if we leave the EC without a deal.