S33 bodies ― VAT accounting

Produced by Tolley

The following Value Added Tax guidance note Produced by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • S33 bodies ― VAT accounting
  • VAT registration
  • Private funds
  • Joint committees
  • Recovering input tax
  • Exclusions
  • Trust funds
  • Calculating recoverable input tax
  • Exempt supplies – insignificance test
  • Agreeing a special s33 calculation
  • More...

S33 bodies ― VAT accounting

Special VAT recovery rules apply to certain local authorities and similar that are referred to as 's33 bodies' from a VAT perspective. This guidance note provides an overview of how these types of organisations can recover VAT incurred on costs incurred. This note should be read in conjunction with the Section 33 bodies ― overview guidance note.

VAT registration

All local authorities making taxable supplies must register for VAT under VATA 1994, s 42, regardless of the value of those supplies. However, this does not apply to other s33 bodies including those specified bodies listed in the S33 bodies – overview guidance note and the normal VAT registration requirements will apply. Other public bodies should read the Overview – registering for VAT guidance note for more information on the VAT registration requirements .

However, it should be noted that according to VATGPB4920 discretion may still be applied by HMRC when deciding whether a local authority needs to register. Usually, if it is unlikely that VAT registration would result in more than £1,000 output tax to be paid per annum (resulting from activities such as occasional sales of assets that have reached the end of their useful life), the requirement may be waived. The waiver will not be appropriate if there is evidence of a steady and regular level of business activity, even though the output tax resulting from VAT registration may be less than £1,000. If VAT registration is waived the local authority must not charge output VAT

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