Claims Examples

A husband and wife partnership selling and installing double glazing was investigated by HMRC. At a meeting, HMRC alleged the husband had been dishonest. By the end of a long and detailed enquiry, HMRC repaid £129 of tax to the partnership and apologised, confirming that the allegation of dishonesty was a case of mistaken identity. Accountancy fees were approximately £5,000 and were paid in full by Vantage.

Business accounts for a wine shop were challenged by HMRC. HMRC claimed that expenditure of more than £150,000 on improvements to the shop front and interior was not allowable for tax purpose and that additional tax of £30,000 was due. Further detailed research into the relevant tax law and previous tax cases was necessary to dispute HMRC’s contentions. In the end, HMRC allowed the expenditure in full. Fees of £3,000 were paid in full by Vantage.

A property developer had a VAT Compliance Review. Following the review, HMRC contended that because the client was making both exempt and VATable supplies, they should not have recovered 100% of input tax from previous years. The client’s accountant successfully disputed this on the basis that the client was below the partial exemption de minimis limit, avoiding a potential VAT liability of more than £20,000. Accountancy fees of £3,700 were incurred and were paid in full by Vantage.