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Rowhildon v HMRC

In Rowhildon v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 491 (21 August 2018) the FTT found that HMRC had been unreasonable in refusing the late notification of an option to tax.

At a board meeting of the company it had been decided to purchase a property in Norwich and to deal with the ‘necessary paperwork’. Its directors accepted that the board minutes did not expressly refer to their intention to opt to tax; however they explained that as they would usually opt to tax non-residential buildings ‘it was not something which would be specifically set out’. They also contended that form VAT 1614A was duly sent out on 1 July 2016 a copy of which was kept on file. The form was sent by standard untracked post and it became apparent during a VAT enquiry in October 2016 that HMRC had not received the form.

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