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Lower Mill Estate Ltd v HMRC

In Lower Mill Estate Ltd v HMRC (and related appeal) (Upper Tribunal – 14 January) a company (L) owned a site which had planning permission for the construction of up to 575 residential homes subject to the condition that these homes should not be occupied as a principal place of residence. An associated company (C) provided construction services. L sold plots of land on the site under agreements whereby C agreed to build a holiday home on the plot. C did not account for tax on its supplies treating them as zero-rated. HMRC issued assessments on both L and C on the basis that in reality each transaction was a single supply of the grant of a major interest in leasehold holiday accommodation which was chargeable to VAT at the standard rate. L and C appealed. The First-Tier Tribunal dismissed the appeals holding that L...

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