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VAT-Man targets local sports clubs

Gill Yates, one of our experienced VAT experts has today been interviewed by The Times newspaper regarding H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) latest attack on village sports clubs.

The full article can be found here: The Times

In essence HMRC are targeting local sports clubs around the UK in many cases claiming that they may owe thousands of pounds in unpaid taxes, including VAT and PAYE for payments made to volunteers.

This marks a change in attitude by the revenue  “Before, they would have a discussion,” Gill Yates, head of VAT services, said. “But now they are issuing an assessment and seeing if you fight back.”

This follow the recent revelation that Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club in Hertfordshire had recently been targeted with a resulting liability assessed for £14,403.

Many local clubs are struggling under the current climate and we see this as HMRC attacking ‘easy targets’ rather than spending their energy looking at the taxation arrangements of multinational firms who have far greater resources to fight their corner.

Once again this highlights the increasingly aggressive attitude of the tax authorities and reinforces our opinion that expert advice is needed whenever dealing with HMRC’s inspectors. If you have any concerns about your VAT or duty affairs, or simply want a free overview of the current position please contact us on 08458 502360 or use our online contact form.


VAT-Penalties Team


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