Exemption from VAT for providing credit
Exemption from VAT for providing credit

The following Tax guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Exemption from VAT for providing credit
  • Why is the exemption for financial services important?
  • The financial services exemption from VAT
  • The exemption for providing credit
  • What is 'credit'?
  • Standard loans, interest on deposits, overdrafts and mortgages
  • Credit supplied with goods and services
  • Deferred payments
  • Credit cards
  • Exclusions from the exemption for providing credit

Why is the exemption for financial services important?

VAT is a key concern for businesses in the financial sector as the supply of certain types of financial services to customers belonging in the UK are exempt from UK VAT. This is important because:

  1. businesses will not charge VAT on services falling within the exemption, and

  2. such businesses will not be able to recover input VAT on supplies they receive in the course of making an onward exempt supply

The financial services exemption from VAT

The UK VAT exemption for financial services is based on the relevant provisions of Directive 2006/112/EC (the VAT Directive). These have been enacted into UK law by group 5 of Schedule 9, Part II to the Value Added Tax Act 1994 (VATA 1994), which sets out a number of items falling within the exemption.

This Practice Note focuses on the exemptions for services falling within the category of ‘providing credit’ (VATA 1994, Sch 9, Pt II, group 5, items 2, 2A, 3 and 4).

The exemption for providing credit

The following transactions are exempt from VAT:

  1. the making of any advance or the granting of credit

  2. the management of credit by the person granting the credit

  3. the provision of the facility of instalment credit finance in a hire purchase, conditional sale or credit