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  1. Had 250ltr of our hot water tank leak through the ceiling recently. There was a little damage there before (shower leaked a few years ago) but it was too much hassle to fix. Now the damage is much much worse. The insurance are paying for the flooring but are refusing to pay for the ceiling saying I've not experienced any financial loss because it was damaged already? Is this normal? Surely its like saying you can't have a new carpet if its wrecked because there was a fag burn on one corner?
  2. I'm about to buy a (relatively) low cost item from a small-time online manufacturer who usually sell in large quantities to tradesmen. They have applied a 'low order fee' to make my order up to £50. Are they allowed to do that? (I suspect yes). I noticed in the Shopping Basket breakdown that VAT then also got applied to this fee - are they allowed to do that? Thanks.
  3. Hi, Happy holidays. I am looking for some guidance. Just returned home with nice letter from HMRC about VAT return of £571. This is for period of 27th July to 31st Oct. I have bought some items to flip on amazon back in June/July total 120 units, that cost me £1080 in total. I have sold them all for £2,395.93 - the amazon fees. This was sold during 6th July to 27th to be exact. Then I decided to open a VAT account and look for some distributor accounts, however never been able to find good products and decided I need to close VAT account as the only way to ge
  4. Hi I am self-employedand VAT registered, my certificate says my name followed by my trading name. I am now venturing in to a new industry, totally differentto the one my normal line of self-employment is in. I still have to charge VAT? It will be alittle suspicious for customers if for example they were being charged VAT on atree surgery job but the vat name was a motor trading company (That is just anexample, not my lines of work). Do I just get theHMRC to amend my trading name to simply my name? Is that possible? Or do I needa new number? I looked online but couldnot find anyth
  5. HMRC calls on online marketplaces to sign agreement tackling VAT fraud READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-calls-on-online-marketplaces-to-sign-agreement-tackling-vat-fraud
  6. Despite the new bailiff regulations having been in force for over 18 months, it is very worrying to see that a number of the 'Beat the Bailiff' Facebook pages continue to advise the public that if an enforcement agent is enforcing a judgment that has been transferred to the High Court, that the agent cannot charge VAT on bailiff fees. Such information is inaccurate and highly misleading. In April 2014 the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 were introduced and provide for statutory fees that can be charged by enforcement agents. In relation to county court judgments transferr
  7. It would appear that Ebay is to start charging 20% VAT on fees when it changes it corporate structure later this year. Sellers with a turnover under £85,000 will not be affected. https://tamebay.com/2017/05/ebay-uk-spring-2017-seller-release-ebay-to-charge-vat-on-fees.html
  8. I have received a couple of letters from DHL, requesting a payment of £11 for Duty and VAT following the delivery of my order from China. "In the event that we do not hear back from you within the next seven days, this matter will be passed to a debt collection agency working on behalf of DHL for further action, resulting in an administration charge being added to the account, If you have already paid this sum please accept our apologies for this communication." Are we entitled to be provided with proof of payment to HMRC by DHL ? Upon further investigation, i can confirm tha
  9. Got myself an Android smartphone from China a few weeks ago at 1/4 the price of its branded equivalent in the UK (absolutely fab, btw, would definitely recommend it if you want the good stuff and are not brand-obsessed!). Today, got an invoice from DHL for the Duty and VAT they were required to pay customs on my behalf to enable clearance of delivery of the goods, adding import taxes are the responsibility of the receiver. VAT is £9.46, which is fair enough, and then add an admin fee of £5. Let me say straight away that it's not the amount that's the problem as such, it's the pr
  10. An interesting one that could end up with severe consequences if found out to be true.
  11. Hi, We (the family) are undertaking a project to convert an attached brick building into a utility area and a wet room for use by a disabled member of the family. The contractor (who is non-vat registered) has requested that we purchase and supply the wet room fittings that we would like. We are happy to do this and in fact would prefer to do so. But we would like to claim the VAT Exemption on the eligible items. I know that in order to claim the exemption that we would need to provide a letter from the contractor confirming that the wet room is for use by a disabled person and also
  12. Hi, I,m a self employed book reseller or what is known as a BOOK MAN, I require advice on whether i can set up an offshore company as i do not actually purchase any stock i respond to my customers order and most of my stock comes from abroad.I ,m told this is Sale or return. I would also like advice on reclaiming the VAT since most of my sales are Vatable which i collect and at the moment pass on to the wholesalers, However if i was VAT registered i could claim some of this back ( i gather its an admin nightmare but is it possible if i base my company off shore? } NI contributions is a
  13. Hi I want to buy from china 1000 plastic phone cases the cost is 170 USD in GBP is about 111 the seller is offering me free delivery by DHL, can I know of anyone on this situation before could let me know how much tax do I have to pay, do i have to pay DHL services and Vat and Duty, there is only 1 charge, even that the seller is offering me free delivery with DHL is DHL going to charge me anything extra for delivery and also vat + duty, can anyone please let me know is the first time I buy from china and I know nothing about this,
  14. If I buy a recliner chair for a disabled friend who would be allowed VAT exemption and store it at mine for when they vist, could VAT exemption still be claimed..
  15. A supplier has written off a number of invoices as Bad Debts, and reclaimed the VAT element. He has then issued a claim for payment in Court at a later date, and added interest at well above base rate. Is this permissible?
  16. Hi there, just after a little bit of advice my friend Sally has been having loads of problems dealing with Samsung after buying a £170 TV and trying to get her £30 Cashback. Btw the TV was bought from Pc world although this is of minor relevance in the matter. She has been on the phone and emailing in total utilising about 7 hours to no avail. I advised her to email the CEO and ask for compensation for not having been giving her rightful £30 VAT money back. The Senior customer services chap from exec office has now responded and said that the cheque will be issued, wheter this
  17. I thought that all clothing was vat free or am I wrong? we where buying some building supplies from a well known building merchant and my other half saw some work clothes they where a sweat shirt at £9.99 and some trousers at £19.99 both were plus vat. I did ask at the shop and they said we always charge vat so are they right? cheers
  18. This one is complex, I’m hope somebody can offer guidance… I entered an IVA that subsequently failed on the 13th of October 2008. No acknowledgement or payments have been made by me and as of the 13th of October 2014 I consider the debt to be Statue Barred. I have a letter from the accountants managing my IVA dated 13th October 2008 that the IVA failed, along with a ‘Final Report’ that there have been no distribution of funds and that there was ZERO balance in my account. All monies I paid went into paying the accountant. Just as the debt (in my view) became
  19. I am sending an invoice for £800 to a travel company for some work I done on a holiday brochure. It is actually the first invoice with the completion invoice to be sent in the new year. I am full-time employed now, but just done some work on the side. I have used a template from online to make a quick invoice, but do I need to add anything for VAT?
  20. Hi All. My Father is nearly 80 and relies on his landline. He recently reported a problem on his line to his provider (Post Office) who confirmed there was a fault and advised him BT would be out to have a look. BT arrived a couple of days later and the engineer says there is a fault caused by water ingress and he needs a new connecter box in the house. He replaces this box and disappears. Next thing my Father is being charged by the Post Office £144 + VAT for this tiny box! No-one, not the engineer or the Post Office at any t
  21. Hi, I was wondering if anybody knows what the legal amount of admin fees can be taken for a VAT refund - and the law or directive that deals with it? I was recently visiting the UK and shopped in 2 stores. One takes a 5 GBP admin fee, and the other a 40% admin fee (in this case 25.63 GBP). I have previously used other stores and the maximum I have been charged was 10 GBP. I think 40% is a complete rip-off. (Before anybody suggests I don't use this store again, they are one of the only retailers, and the only accessible one near to where I stay with the products I want.) Thanks!
  22. Ok, so I cannot get my head around what disbursements are for the purposes of vat. Could someone in the know please advice where we stand. My friend runs his own sole trader company fixing/repairing garden equiptment (Lawn mowers etc etc) He rents a commercial Unit approx 2000 sq ft. His landlord purchases Buildings insurance on the unit and charges my friend (the tenant) but also charges 20% VAT on top. Now I understand that Buildings insurance is exempt from VAT with only an IPT able to be charged. Now, the landlord pays £1011.89 for the insurance and passes thi
  23. Hi, I recently ordered some flyers from an online printer. I uploaded my file and paid through Paypal, around £70 The flyers arrived last week, no problem. However, today I received an email from the printer stating that because the flyer contained an application form on one side I now owe them a further £17 in VAT. Their website references no mention of VAT rules or what is or isnt allowed on a flyer. Where do I stand regarding this VAT bill? Thanks in advance.
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    Vat ive started a new company and investing in equipment to hire out, my question is, im vat reg and im spending a lot on vat in buying the goods and renting them out, so the vat income is far less than my outgoing vat amounts,,, can I claim back the vat? if so for how long? many thanks
  25. upthecreek!


    ive started a new company and investing in equipment to hire out, my question is, im vat reg and im spending a lot on vat in buying the goods and renting them out, so the vat income is far less than my outgoing vat amounts,,, can I claim back the vat? if so for how long? many thanks
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