Value Added Tax

VAT groups ― conditions

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  • 08 Dec 2021 13:02

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

  • VAT groups ― conditions
  • What are the conditions for VAT grouping?
  • Corporate bodies
  • Non-corporate bodies
  • Tour operators
  • What is a corporate body in the context of VAT grouping?
  • What kinds of non-corporate bodies can join a VAT group?
  • When are the control conditions satisfied?
  • Companies Act holding companies
  • When does a person have an establishment or fixed establishment in the UK for VAT grouping purposes?
  • More...

VAT groups ― conditions

This guidance notes looks at the conditions that must be met in order for a person to join a VAT group.

It’s worth noting that the VAT grouping rules changed from 1 November 2019 to allow non-corporate bodies (such as partnerships and individuals) to join VAT groups in certain circumstances (as explained further in this guidance note).

For an overview of VAT group and divisional registration generally, see the VAT group and divisional registration ― overview guidance note.

For in-depth commentary on the legislation and case law in this area, see De Voil Indirect Tax Service V2.189Y.

What are the conditions for VAT grouping?

There are slightly different conditions that need to be considered depending on whether the person who wants to join a VAT group is:

  1. a corporate body

  2. an individual, partnership or Scottish partnership

VATA 1994, ss 43A, 43AZA

Corporate bodies

Corporate bodies can join a VAT group when they meet the conditions summarised below:

  1. each is established or has a fixed establishment in the UK

  2. they are under common control

  3. if they are a ‘specified body’, they meet the additional conditions for specified bodies

VATA 1994, ss 43A, 43AA; SI 2004/1931; Notice 700/2, para 2.2.2

These conditions are explored further in this guidance note.

Non-corporate bodies

An individual, partnership or Scottish partnership can form a VAT group with one or more corporate bodies when it meets the conditions summarised below:

  1. they control all of the UK bodies corporate in the VAT group

  2. they are carrying on a business by making supplies

  3. they are established,

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