V@ update - May 2020
Welcome to the first edition of RPC's V@, an update on developments in the VAT world that may impact your business.
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Treasury makes the Value Added Tax (Zero Rate for Personal Protective Equipment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 extending zero-rating to personal protective equipment
On 29 April 2020, the Treasury made the Value Added Tax (Zero Rate for Personal Protective Equipment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020, which came into force on 1 May 2020. Read more
Treasury makes the Value Added Tax (Extension of Zero-Rating to Electronically Supplied Books etc.) (Coronavirus) Order 2020
On 29 April 2020, the Treasury made the Value Added Tax (Extension of Zero-Rating to Electronically Supplied Books etc.) (Coronavirus) Order 2020, which came into force on 1 May 2020. Read more
HMRC publishes guidance on notifying an option to tax land and buildings during COVID-19
On 14 May 2020, HMRC published guidance which temporarily changes the way taxpayers need to notify an option to tax land and buildings during coronavirus. Read more
Virgin Media - fixed line rental services were not "supplied on terms allowing a discount for prompt payment"
In Virgin Media Ltd v HMRC  UKUT 100 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) found against a taxpayer which appealed against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) upholding HMRC's decision that the prompt payment discount rules in paragraph 4, Schedule 6, VATA 1994, did not apply to certain fixed line rental services provided by the appellant to customers (the services). Read more
In NHS Lothian Health Board v HMRC  CSIH 14, the Court of Session allowed the appellant's appeal against decisions of the FTT and the UT upholding HMRC's decision that the appellant could not recover input tax in respect of supplies made by laboratories operated by the appellant and its predecessors to persons outside the NHS. The Court set aside the decisions of the FTT and the UT and remitted the case to a differently constituted FTT for reconsideration. Read more
Rank Group - overpaid output tax claimed out of time cannot be recovered by set-off provisions
In The Rank Group PLC v HMRC  EWCA Civ 550, the Court of Appeal found that it was not possible for the appellant to recover the net amount of an out of time claim under section 80(1), VATA 1994, for overpaid output tax in respect of supplies of bingo which it had incorrectly treated as taxable rather than exempt (the disputed VAT), as a set off in relation to other accounting periods in respect of which HMRC had made repayments of net overpaid output tax, pursuant to three section 80(1) claims which the appellant made in time. Read more