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VAT Planning for All

Is VAT planning still worthwhile after Halifax? Mike Sheppard VAT partner at RSM Robson Rhodes LLP highlights ten areas where businesses can reduce VAT costs without recourse to litigation
Is VAT planning dead? Certainly the prevailing climate is against the aggressive schemes of the past and HMRC is riding high after securing hard-fought victories against Debenhams and more recently Halifax.
As both business and HMRC search for the new planning equilibrium many taxpayers looking for VAT savings will want to focus more on day-to-day efficiencies and less on 'off-the-shelf' solutions. This article highlights ten relatively straightforward opportunities of which all medium- and large-sized businesses should be aware. These ideas are not aggressive but should assist in limiting unnecessary VAT costs whether absolute or of a timing nature.

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