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Harwood Hutton is an award-winning firm of
accountants with enormous strength in depth in
the areas of tax, audit and business advice

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VAT & Customs

Our Specialist Tax Services team can help you stay on the right side of the wide range of ever-changing indirect tax (VAT, Customs and Excise Duty) rules and put you in the best trading position.

We can help manage and mitigate VAT liabilities at any and all stages of your business development, identifying cash-saving opportunities, undertaking the registration process and guiding you on restructuring and trading in the UK, Europe and internationally.

We have extensive experience of dealing with HMRC and can work proactively with the agency to achieve the best outcome for our clients, whether in constructive or defensive modes. We often secure additional VAT benefits for our clients that previous advisers have failed to spot.

HOT SECTORS FOR VAT

Care Homes/Welfare Services
Given the pressure on local authority/NHS budgets and the crisis in care, it is imperative that care home operators understand the true implications of VAT in their sector. We have had lots of dealings with HMRC in this field and have obtained approval for a VAT mitigation strategy.
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Motor Retail
We have extensive experience in the delivery of cutting edge VAT advice to dealer groups. Our range of services includes partial exemption reviews, negative equity advisory, advice on dealer and manufacturer deposit contributions, historic VAT claim opportunities and supplies to disabled persons.  PLAY VIDEO

Opticians
Opticians have long struggled with VAT given they make VATable supplies of frames and lenses and provide VAT-exempt dispensing services. We believe we can help opticians achieve five-figure savings per shop by using an alternative to the standard FODO apportionment method.

Property
We specialise in all aspects of property-related VAT and have advised clients ranging in size from national housebuilders to smaller buy-to-let concerns and student accommodation projects. We work with our clients to ensure the right amount of VAT is charged to them and full VAT recovery is achieved where applicable.

Recycling industry
There is the potential for companies specialising in end-of-life vehicles and similar to review how they are accounting for VAT on the sale of used parts. All savings are future-based but the correct interpretation of the legislation could result in significant future VAT savings. We can show you how.


Our VAT advisory service also covers:
  • Transactions, contracts, due diligence and compliance
  • New products and planning for capital projects
  • International supply chains
  • Managing VAT risk
  • Partial exemption methods and planning
  • Health checks and full VAT audits
  • Advising on property projects including funding arrangements
  • International and EU VAT/Customs Duty planning
  • VAT/Insurance Premium Tax/Air Passenger duty in the travel and leisure industries
  • Internal VAT training sessions
  • VAT anti-avoidance legislation
Videos

MAKING COMMERCIAL SENSE OF VAT

Gerry Myton and Leo Donovan of Harwood Hutton Specialist Tax Services talk about the comprehensive range of compliance and advisory services they offer in the ever-changing, ever-challenging world of VAT and Customs.

THE PROPERTY VAT SPECIALISTS

Knowing how to approach VAT can make a huge difference to the profitability of professionals operating in the property sector. Leo Donovan explains.

INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE

Leo Donovan on the international dimension to Harwood Hutton's indirect taxation advisory service.

BREXIT: GUIDANCE IS AT HAND

Gerry Myton talks about some of the major issues surrounding VAT, Customs and Excise with Brexit looming large on the horizon.

THE ‘SIMPLE’ TAX THAT GREW AND GREW

It was launched as a 'simple' tax but VAT has grown into something of a monster for businesses over the past four decades. Gerry Myton explains why guidance on VAT is essential

DEALING WITH HMRC

Leo Donovan explains how Harwood Hutton helps business leaders and individuals who find themselves subject to a VAT enquiry.


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Client Testimonials
  • I always get quick, clear and definitive responses from the Harwood Hutton tax team – commercial answers to commercial issues.

    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
  • Right from the outset Harwood Hutton gave us direction and great advice – and that advice has evolved over the years as we’ve grown. We’re both medium-sized companies providing a bespoke service – one furniture, one accountancy – and the relationship works.

    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
  • I’m deeply impressed with Harwood Hutton’s extensive knowledge of tax arrangements for residential and commercial property landlords.

    Qadeer Ahmed, MD, ABA Finance
  • They really took their time to understand what was important to us and our business and the expertise we required. Whoever we speak to at HH, we get the same fantastic response and technical input. It’s a real partnership.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
  • I have worked with the directors at Harwood Hutton on a number of mutual client matters over many years. The reassurance of their clear, commercial and focussed advice is one of the main reasons I regard this as one of my most valuable professional relationships.

    Frank Wessely, Partner, Quantuma LLP
  • Harwood Hutton never seem to rest on their laurels. They are always seeking out new avenues and ways to improve their offering. A very forward-thinking company with staff who are always well briefed and who approach each task with drive.

    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
  • We have engaged Harwood Hutton in several areas of structuring, including VAT issues, decoupling an SPV from a group structure and HMRC clearance for a transaction. The team have exceeded all expectations by being proactive, measured and very thorough.

    Adam Fawsitt, Director, FHT Limited
  • We moved to Harwood Hutton as they delivered a succinct and professional proposal. If anything, we have been more impressed post-move. They are a fantastic company to work with. They do truly differentiate. They have the skills and capabilities of a mega firm but with a personal service.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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