VAT Cases & News

Summaries of interesting VAT cases for the SME owner.

In Awards Drinks Limited (in liquidation) v HMRC [2021] EWCA Civ 1235, an appeal against a VAT best judgement failed due to a lack of credible evidence from the company and its director. Although HMRC suspected that the company was involved in tax fraud and money laundering, this did not displace the fact that the burden of proof lay on the company to explain its income.

HM Treasury has published a summary of responses to their call for evidence ‘VAT and the Sharing Economy’ which opened in December 2020.

In Kingsley Douglas v HMRC UKUT 0163, the Upper Tribunal (UT) dismissed the appeal against ‘best judgement’ VAT assessments upheld by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT). The UT found all the evidence had been properly taken into account by the FTT.

In Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC [2021] TC8199, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) struck out an appeal regarding the backdating of VAT Group membership. The legislation did not provide for backdating and there was no HMRC decision to appeal so the tribunal did not have jurisdiction.

HMRC have published a summary of responses to their consultation  'VAT and value shifting' which took place earlier this year. 

In William Newman v HMRC [2021] TC08147, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) struck out the taxpayer’s appeal against HMRC’s refusal to accept a late 'option to tax' notification.

In Daniel O'Doherty v HMRC [2021] TC08193, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) rejected the appeal of a sole director of a company who was issued with a Personal Liability Notice (PLN) for the VAT penalties raised by HMRC on his company. He was unable to provide any evidence to show the underlying assessments were wrong.


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