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Veritas VAT Consultants Ltd – Your VAT Expert.

We provide bespoke VAT consultancy and compliance services to a growing list of clients across a wide range of business sectors. We also provide VAT advice and support to an ever-increasing number of independent accountancy practices.

VAT is one of the most complex and fast-moving areas of taxation and is potentially a significant area of risk in your business. An HMRC VAT inspection can be extremely disruptive and stressful – and VAT errors can be extremely costly to rectify.

Our promise is to provide top quality VAT advice that is technically sound, jargon-free, commercially focused, and, value for money. Our mission is to help our clients pay “the right tax at the right time” – no less, no more.

If you need advice with:

  • a VAT issue,
  • a VAT dispute with HMRC,
  • or just a niggling VAT question you can’t quite seem to find the answer to

– you have come to the right place.

Prevention is better than cure. We can

  • support you in making the right VAT decisions
  • help you stay compliant
  • give you the assurance you need when dealing with complex and unusual VAT situations.

Our core values are: honesty & integrity.

All of our work is carried out or reviewed by our founding director, Rhona Graham.

Rhona is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and is a former VAT inspector.

ABOUT US

Veritas VAT Consultants Ltd was founded in 2011 and is led by Rhona Graham CTA (Fellow).

Rhona has worked in VAT since the late 1980s. She started her career in HM Customs and Excise (now HMRC) then spent 20 years in senior VAT roles with a number of leading UK and international accountancy practices. Rhona is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1996.

We serve clients across the UK: from the North of Scotland to the West Country. We also work with a number of overseas clients helping them deal with their UK VAT obligations. Through our extensive network of global contacts we can also support clients who need advice on VAT or GST issues in all major jurisdictions.

OUR SERVICES

LET'S GET TO WORK.

VAT Helpline

We offer a highly regarded ‘helpline’ service for independent accountancy practices. Many accountancy firms do not have (and don’t need) a dedicated in-house VAT resource. Our helpline service ensures that those firms (and their clients) can obtain affordable access to top-quality VAT expertise as and when required.

The service operates on a subscription basis for a modest annual fee and offers unlimited access and support with day-to-day VAT queries. Subscribers also receive a highly detailed monthly VAT update – a fantastic resource which helps our clients and their teams to develop their knowledge and awareness of VAT issues.

We can also tailor our helpline offering to clients in other sectors. This service is used successfully by a number of our larger clients.

VAT ‘Healthcheck’ Reviews

Many of our clients seek our advice because they want assurance that their VAT policies, processes and procedures are fully compliant with HMRC requirements. To meet this need, we have developed our “5-star VAT review” process. These reviews consider the VAT implications of:

  • Structure of the business
  • Income streams
  • Expenditure codes
  • Approach to VAT recovery
  • Processes and procedures.

At the end of the review process we produce a ‘traffic light’ report of action points ranked in order of urgency/importance. The aim of the VAT healthcheck review is to ensure that your organisation gets “VAT-fit”. It enables you to identify any VAT risk areas (or opportunities for savings/efficiencies) and to develop a sensible strategy for tackling these.

VAT in the Property/Construction Sector

Property and construction is one of the most complex and difficult areas of the UK VAT regime. The rules are extremely complicated – and affect what are very often high-value and/or ‘one-off’ transactions. This is a major VAT risk area and one where we are regularly asked to advise.

If you are involved in a property transaction and are:

  • Buying,
  • Selling,
  • Developing, or,
  • Converting

property there may very well be VAT issues you need to deal with. We can work with you, your accountant, solicitor or other professional advisers to ensure that these issues are identified and dealt with as effectively as possible.

International VAT

We are increasingly asked to advise on international VAT issues. We act for a number of non-UK clients who need assistance and support in meeting their UK VAT obligations. We also support a growing number of UK clients who need to comply with VAT/GST requirements in other jurisdictions.

Typical issues we advise on include:

  • Place of supply questions
  • Non-Established Taxable Persons (NETP) registrations
  • Distance selling registrations
  • ‘VATMOSS’ and related issues.

Our clients include: a major UK retailer with VAT registrations in several EU member states, Ebay and Amazon sellers, a number of overseas headquartered organisations in the energy, defence and entertainment sectors who require a UK VAT registration.

VAT Dispute Resolution

We are often asked to provide advice and support to clients who are in dispute with HMRC. We regularly achieve positive (and on occasion spectacular) results in these cases.

We can help with:

  • Non-Statutory Clearance applications
  • Case reviews
  • Reconsideration requests
  • Challenging HMRC assessments and decisions
  • Negotiation with HMRC
  • Penalty mitigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Tribunal preparation and representation

VAT and the ‘not for profit’ sector

VAT is a major risk area (and often represents a significant bottom-line cost) for many charitable and not-for-profit organisations. We support many such organisations and have a wealth of experience in this area.

Our clients include: Housing Associations, Academy schools, Arts organisations, Health and welfare organisations, Independent charities and CICs.

We do not sell VAT ‘schemes’ and take a ‘low risk’ approach to VAT planning – but are still often able to achieve significant VAT savings and efficiencies for these organisations.

OTHER SECTORS

We also advise clients in many other business sectors and are very often able to help clients who operate in the following areas.

  • Financial services

  • Insurance intermediary services

  • Staffing and recruitment

  • Health and Welfare

  • Manufacturing

  • New technology

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Matt Wood
Veritas VAT Consultants
Leigh House
Varley Street
Pudsey
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS28 6AN