Advice from the Experts
VAT Specialists Limited are independent Chartered Tax Advisors and is run by well known VAT specialist and author Andrew Needham.
Services We Provide
Our accountancy clients range in size from sole proprietors to top 50 firms, and our business clients range from sole traders to PLCs. We also act for numerous charities.
When undertaking new business ventures, trading overseas, becoming involved in property transactions or share issues, our efficient planning advice can save you time and money and avoid many of the pitfalls associated with such transactions.
Technical VAT advice
We have access to the latest VAT news and changes in legislation, which, when coupled to a large technical library, means we can provide you with a fast, accurate and cost-effective service.
Obtaining clearances from HMRC
If HMRC will not initially withdraw an assessment or a contested ruling, our consultants will be able to advise you on the appeals process and carry forward to a Tribunal hearing using the HMRC Internal Review system. We can also provide advice and help on how to proceed with cases involving surcharges, penalties and interest and civil and criminal fraud.
We offer a comprehensive daily telephone helpline service for clients to help resolve everyday problems. Wherever possible, we will try to give an initial and immediate answer on all kinds of VAT issues. Where appropriate, this initial advice can be followed up with written advice or a face-to-face meeting.
VAT health checks
We can provide VAT health checks to pinpoint potential problems before they have the chance to cause real difficulties. Having examined your VAT affairs we can recommend ways to potentially improve efficiency, cash – flow and create savings.
EC VAT refunds
We can help you obtain refunds of VAT incurred in other Member States of the EU.
Excise & Customs Duties
Our associate duty and excise consultant can advise on all aspects of customs duty and excise duty, which is a specialist area within indirect tax. Advice can be given on global and EU movements of goods, commodity code issues, customs warehousing planning, and international rates of duty. Advice is also available on excise duties issues and appeals, with particular expertise in the brewing industry.
We pride ourselves on our quick response rate and practical approach to clients’ VAT issues.
We are committed to helping our clients achieve full compliance within the law and regulations, and where there is scope for legitimate VAT planning, we will advise on how best to maximise VAT recovery or minimise VAT costs.
We can give written advice on the VAT liability of a particular transaction or intended trading activity.
We can also outline HMRC’s likely interpretation of a situation, or how a particular issue has been dealt with in the Tribunals and courts.
Where appropriate, we can follow-up our written advice with a formal ruling request to HMRC to gain their written agreement.
If you feel you have been treated unfairly by HMRC (e.g. received an assessment or security demand which is undue or excessive, or been denied zero-rating), we can ask HMRC to reconsider their decision.
We can also represent you at the Tax Tribunals, or present your case to The Adjudicator’s Office.
VAT Health Checks
We can do an onsite audit of your business to check if VAT is being properly dealt with and accounted for.
Opportunities for legitimate VAT planning can be identified, and if any problems are found, immediate advice can be given on how to resolve them.
For those on a limited budget, audits can also be carried out remotely using comprehensive questionnaire documents.