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VAT Planning 2018-19

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VAT Planning helps with the everyday problems you face when dealing with VAT. It provides essential guidance for businesses and their advisers on how to arrange their affairs to maximum advantage within the permitted VAT reliefs and mitigation provisions. To aid understanding there are many worked examples.

Specific planning opportunities are highlighted and potential pitfalls flagged.

The book contains full cross-references to legislation, cases, HMRC guidance and extra-statutory materials.

The 2018-19 edition is fully updated for the Finance Act 2018.

Key features:

  • Includes commentary on all significant new legislation and tax cases
  • Extensive use of worked examples
  • Numerous planning points and warning alerts
  • A "What's New?" section highlights key recent changes

Table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • Pre-registration issues
  • VAT registration
  • VAT implications of different structures (grousp, divisions, partnerships etc)
  • Accounting for VAT
  • Schemes to help small businesses
  • Margin schemes
  • Cashflow planning
  • Maximising inpt tax credits
  • Non-deductible input tax
  • Motor vehicles
  • How to deal with partial exemption
  • Buying a business
  • Selling a business
  • Other business transfers
  • Raising business finance
  • Commercial and residential property construction
  • Property - other reliefs from VAT
  • Sales, lettings and sundry property transactions
  • Doing business in goods in the EU
  • Supplyimg or receiving services within the EU
  • Exports
  • Imports (from outside the EU)
  • Supplying or receiving services to or from a place outside the EU
  • Overseas suppliers
  • Electronic and digital supplies
  • Dealing with agents
  • Review of business for VAT issues
  • Deregistration
  • Administration
  • Civil Penalties
  • Avoidance
  • HMRC pwers
  • Charities
  • Retailers
  • Sports
  • Food and catering
  • Printing
  • Appeals and complaints

About the author:

John Davison FCCA, CTA (Fellow) has thirty-five years of experience in indirect tax. In common with many VAT practitioners, John started with HMRC before moving into practice and then commerce. He has been a partner in three mid-tier firms in the UK and Australia and managed the VAT liabilities of a number of large fi nancial institutions. John’s indirect tax planning skills has saved clients considerable sums of money and simplified their tax administration. At one organisation, John managed a team that was required to submit 650 tax returns accounting for $750m in tax per annum and also reduced the business’s indirect tax liabilities by $2m a year.

John has contributed to various tax bodies and institutes acting as an examiner and being a member of a number of committees for several tax institutes and authorities. John has been a writer and speaker on VAT in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Australia.

To gain a wider understanding of how VAT is to be managed, John studied for a degree in accounting, a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting, and post graduate diplomas in law and management. John is also a fellow of the Certified Charted Accountants and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Five years ago, John moved to New Zealand to concentrate on writing and research. He taught for four years on the Bachelor of Commerce degree at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and is now a researcher in their Business School.


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