A wide range of topical tax matters are currently affecting retailers, not least of which come from HMRC’s VAT enquiries which are putting dealers under fire. Indeed, there has been a marked...

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Following its decision to withdraw its appeal following the decision of the European Court of Justice in HMRC versus Mercedes Benz Financial Services in October 2017, HMRC has published advice to the...

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There are many cases of dealers having accounted for too much VAT by including dealer deposit contributions (DDC) in the value of a sale. This has been especially prevalent with certain brands where...

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With VAT representing such a large proportion of UK tax revenue, it’s no surprise that HMRC should be focusing on it more closely, and the motor retail sector in particular is coming under scrutiny....

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By Michelle Malone, ASE The tax framework within which the motor industry operates continues to evolve, not only in line with HMRC developments but also to reflect changes in the way we operate within...

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New car sales in Europe continue to rise, with the latest indications that the EU28 will end 2016 with total car sales of 14.9 million units, which is just 4.3% lower than the pre-crisis peak of 2007....

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Auto retailers could see a VAT windfall following the recent High Court case of Littlewoods versus HMRC, but only if appeals are by the Government body are unsuccessful. The initial ruling surrounds...

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Bank of England policy-makers must “hold their nerve” and leave interest rates at the current record low despite soaring inflation and mounting questions about their credibility,the Ernst...

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The VAT hike could hit car traders in the pocket — despite most dealers getting off to a steady start to the year. Ryan Urquhart, sales manager for Mackie Motors in Angus, commented: "Since...

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Rising unemployment will cost the government £1.5bn more than expected in welfare benefits, according to official forecasts that reveal the hidden cost of the coalition’s austerity drive....

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Could it be that the UK’s leading car brands will be asking dealers to raise prices in January in order to meet the 2.5% rise in VAT? Mutterings from Ford and Peugeot bosses at the Paris Motor...

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Chairman of the Welsh Automotive Forum, professor Garel Rhys, warned last week he did not believe the car sector would receive a boost from people rushing to beat the January VAT rise. He predicted...

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HMRC has rejected a plea by the fleet industry, led by the BVRLA, to increase the VAT recovery rate on business car leases. The BVRLA believes that businesses leasing cars could be overpaying hundreds...

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The headline announcement in Tuesday’s Emergency Budget will see VAT raised to 20% from 4 January 2011, equating to £375 extra on the price of a £15,000 car. The 2.5% points rise is...

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Car buyers and retailers alike have some tricky questions to ponder this week if, as seems likely, the chancellor, decides to increase VAT to 20% in his budget on Tuesday. Both the questions and the...

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On Tuesday, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will deliver his Emergency Budget. A rise in VAT to 20% is widely forecast. We will also learn the government’s decision on...

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News that the May new car registration figures were up by 13.5% was seized upon by headline writers as evidence that the industry is on the road to recovery. But auto retailers we spoke to, and...

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All the new car talk at the minute centres around two things – the March plate-change and the ‘Showroom Tax’, an increase in first-year VED for cars producing over 150g/km of CO2...

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One of the most important things you can do right now to sell some cars in your dealership is to make sure your customers realise there has never been a better time to buy a car. To counteract all the...

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by Michelle Malone The general fall in used car values, coupled with increasing numbers of vehicle owners with negative equity in their cars, has received huge publicity of late – both within...

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