VAT update June 2019
In this month’s update we report on (1) amendments to the reduced VAT rate for energy-saving materials; (2) HMRC’s guidance on the VAT reverse charge on construction services; and (3) HMRC’s updated VAT Notice 700/1 – who should register for VAT.
We also comment on three recent cases relating to (1) whether overpayments are consideration for VAT purposes; (2) the validity of a default surcharge notice; and (3) whether a salary sacrifice scheme under which cars were leased to employees was an economic activity.
Amendments to the reduced VAT rate for energy-saving materials
On 20 May 2019, the Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) (Energy Savings Materials) Order 2019 (SI 2019/958) was made, amending the scope of the reduced VAT rate of 5% for energy-saving materials to ensure consistency with EU law. Read more.
HMRC Guidance on the VAT reverse charge on construction services
On 7 June 2019, HMRC published Guidance on the VAT domestic reverse charge for building and construction services that comes into effect on 1 October 2019. Read more.
Updated Notice on who should register for VAT
On 13 June 2010, HMRC updated VAT Notice 700/1 – who should register for VAT. Read more.
National Car Parks – are overpayments consideration for VAT purposes?
In National Car Parks Ltd v HMRC  EWCA Civ 854, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that excess amounts paid by customers at pay and display car parks were consideration for VAT purposes. Read more.
Gravitas – default surcharge liability notice was valid
In Gravitas Group Ltd v HMRC  UKFTT 324 (TC), the FTT has dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal against a VAT default surcharge, despite finding that the subsequently withdrawn surcharge liability notice (SLN) had been issued erroneously by HMRC. Read more.
Northumbria Healthcare – salary sacrifice car leasing scheme not an economic activity
In Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust v HMRC  UKUT 170, the UT has found that the effect of the VAT (Treatment of Transactions) Order 1992/630 (the de-supply order), was that a trust, which provided leased cars to employees, was not carrying on an economic activity. Read more.