The following Value Added Tax guidance note by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
This guidance note covers the main VAT tax point rules that apply to barristers. For guidance on when a barrister may need to register for VAT, see the Overview - registering for VAT guidance note.
HMRC introduced special tax point rules for barristers after reaching an agreement with the Bar Council and Faculty of Advocates.
A tax point is the date when a business is required to account for VAT on a supply of goods and services. The business must ensure that VAT is accounted for on the VAT return covering the period in which the tax point occurred.
The tax point for a supply of professional services by a barrister is the earliest of:
Please note that HMRC can grant permission to a barrister that ceases to trade to defer payment of the VAT due (see below).
If a barrister makes a decision to cease trading and, as a result, does not continue to make supplies which are liable to VAT, the barrister must cancel their VAT registration number. See the Cancelling a VAT registration number guidance note for more information.
The barrister is legally required to notify HMRC within 30 days that the business is ceasing to trade. The barrister should complete and submit a VAT 7 or
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