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HMRC v P Newey (t/a Ocean Finance)

In HMRC v P Newey (t/a Ocean Finance) (CJEU Case C-653/11) a financial adviser (N) who was registered for VAT was the controlling shareholder of a Jersey company (AC) which provided loan broking services in the UK. HMRC issued an assessment on N charging VAT of more than £10 000 000 on the basis that he should be treated as supplying the loan broking services and was liable to a ‘reverse charge’ under VATA 1994 s 8(1) in respect of advertising services supplied by another Jersey company (W). N appealed.

The First-Tier Tribunal allowed his appeal but the Upper Tribunal directed that the case should be referred to the CJEU for a ruling on whether the national court should depart from a strict contractual analysis. The CJEU held that ‘contractual terms even though they constitute a factor to be taken into consideration...

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