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Introduction to VAT for local councils

Details:

This session, for clerks, finance staff and councillors who wish to develop their knowledge, explains how VAT affects local councils.

Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Topics include:

  • How VAT law applies to local councils
  • Where to find the law and guidance
  • Business and non-business activities
  • Understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
  • When a council must register for VAT
  • When VAT can be reclaimed
  • Partial exemption
  • Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

By the end of this session you will:

  • Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
  • Understand the key concepts of VAT
  • Know when a council can or can’t reclaim VAT
  • Recognise when a council must register for VAT
  • Be aware of activities that require special attention

Session leader:

Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk & an accountant with 30 years’ experience in public sector finance, who specialises in advice & training for the local council sector.

Instructions:

This is an interactive session, you will need a device with a reasonable screen size such as a PC, laptop or tablet to be able to participate fully.

Please click on the file below to download the above information.