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Charities & VAT

Charities & VAT

VAT can be something of a minefield for charities. It’s all too easy for them to unwittingly make mistakes when calculating their liability.

One of the complications is that some of the things they do may be treated as a ‘non-business’ activity when it comes to VAT. On one hand that’s good as it means no VAT needs to be declared, but it also means the charity cannot recover any VAT in respect of such activities.

Harwood Hutton has deep experience in helping charities. For many years, our head of VAT Michael Ashdown presented specialist training and education sessions helping charities get to grips with their VAT position.

There are a number of conditions your charity must meet before qualifying for the zero rate of VAT on certain goods and services.

Knowing which reliefs apply to which service requires a level of technical understanding which is often well beyond the capability of the officers running the charity concerned.

Michael Ashdown will take a close look at your operations, including your marketing and advertising activity and any property plans, and determine where you might be able to benefit from the all-important zero rate.

Leaning on our expertise, you will be free to devote more of your time and energy raising precious funds for your cause.


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