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Spring Statement 2018 VAT reform unlikely until after Brexit - KPMG

VAT reform unlikely until after Brexit - KPMG

Commenting on the Spring Statement, Simon Shaw, partner and head of indirect tax at KPMG in the UK said:


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“Efforts to address small business concerns over VAT are welcome. But, any radical reform to the VAT system will be held back by European Union directives until after Brexit. For the time being, we are unlikely to see anything major. This is a shame because the burst of entrepreneurism that the UK needs to unleash after March 2019 will rely on small businesses standing on the best possible footing.

“For smaller businesses, the VAT threshold is not as straightforward as taking the VAT bill on the chin when taxable turnover reaches £85,000, which is a limit that the Chancellor announced last year and will be frozen for two years.

“Difficult decisions need to be made by business owners as to whether they should even consider pushing sales beyond the threshold, or whether the extra cost can be passed on to customers and woven into the business model. The answers to these questions will differ greatly between sectors, products and services. 

“A consultation on smoothing the current registration cliff edge and a call for evidence has been issued today. It includes many financial and administrative options that could encourage entrepreneurs to seek out growth opportunities and not have their ambitions limited by a hard threshold.”


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