VAT raises a lot of revenue for the UK government. It is the UK’s main consumption tax and the theory behind it might even be described as elegant. However, the problems on the ground caused by an uncertain tax base, varying rates and the failure to adopt either a universal destination or origin basis, contribute to the problems that the tax causes for HMRC and the taxpayer alike. At the European level, this course explores direct effect, procedural aspects, principles and avoidance. From a UK perspective, the Value Added Tax course considers the nature of supplies (including exempt and zero-rated supplies), consideration and who constitutes a taxable persons.

The course is taught by Philip Ridgway, Temple Tax Chambers and Dr Glen Loutzenhiser