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VAT when Transferring or Closing a Business


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2nd May 2013

HMRC has recently revised its guidance notes on what to do when a business is transferred or ceases trading.

Our experience of businesses being transferred or closed down is that inevitably there will be things that were never considered, or commercial decisions made in the past that still affect how things should be handled now. Property and stock at hand at the point of deregistration are common issues from a VAT perspective and TOGCs are often highly complex structures in order to ensure all parties are protected.

Tamara Habberley, consultant at The VAT People, said "There is often an exposure at deregistration and unexpected costs that until a specialist identifies, will be a risk. This is especially true when a business owns property where VAT has been claimed in the past. With the complex nature of TOGCs also being an issue I would always advise a taxpayer seeking advice in advance of de-registering or restructuring."

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The VAT People are leading VAT and Customs Duty consultants based in the North West of England. We work with a wide range of businesses throughout the UK as well as assisting our accountancy colleagues to unravel the thorny VAT issues for their clients. We are one of the UK's largest and most comprehensive sources of VAT and Customs advice, our consultancy team having over 140 years of experience in VAT and Customs gained in either HMRC or a Big 4 accountancy practice environment.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-05-23 09:08:16 in Tax Articles

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