VAT, Brownies and Jaffa Cakes?

Anyone with a passing knowledge of VAT will know about the Jaffa Cake case as an example of how contrary the VAT regulations can appear. This has been reinforced through a recent ruling which saw HMRC lose £300k in an argument about chocolate brownies and VAT.



VAT to be removed from e-books

The EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) has finally decided to reduce VAT on online publications, including electronic books, newspapers and periodicals which will bring them into line with print publications and digital media.



VAT avoidance legislation

The UK government has announced that it will be legislating to deal with a particular version of VAT avoidance that involves ‘looping’ financial services via non-VAT territories.





VAT Cost Sharing Group changes

Following judgements in four European court cases HMRC has made some immediate changes to its policy on the VAT exemption available for cost sharing groups.


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