Taxing summer for Rogers and Norton HMRC Team

21st Sep 2016

Rogers and Norton’s commercial and HMRC team have recently been advising a USA exporter on the VAT issues it has to address when dealing with the UK and EU. Despite the department having a continually heavy workload, one of their crucial strengths is their ability to react quickly and accurately, when responding to the client’s needs in such a fast moving environment. The enquiry originated due to concerns surrounding the UK’s decision to leave the European Union – the company were concerned how this would impact on trade in the future and wanted to ensure all aspects were absolutely correct now.

Alcohol and Tobacco
Peter Hastings, assisted by Jennifer Lee, were asked for advice regarding a number of key issues including the application and recovery of VAT and Duty. Peter adds “We advised on the need to register for VAT and compliance with HMRC rules, Deferring Import Duty and claiming Processing/Onward Supply relief. It is essential that there are no irregularities that could lead to imported goods being detained and seized, which can have a devastating effect on businesses”.

The team is also busy on a variety of other HMRC and Border Force matters. They recently successfully advised a company concerning the detention of a consignment of shavers imported from Singapore. They have also advised an EU business firm supplying and transporting unprocessed raw tobacco. This is an extremely contentious area as whilst there is currently no excise duty payable on the product, HMRC are concerned that it presents a significant threat to the Exchequer. It was important that all the issues and ramifications of the venture were clearly and succinctly detailed to the company involved, to avoid serious implications in the future.

Peter’s team is able to assist with both civil and criminal investigations instigated by HMRC, the appointments of Provisional Liquidators, appealing the refusal to register an applicant as an owner of excise goods under the Warehouse keepers and Owners of Warehoused Goods Regulations 1999 and Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). The team also assists with VAT issues and Coding issues. The value of claims ranges from low thousands of pounds to sums that exceed £1 million.