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Old 04-04-2019, 13:00
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The site we are on raises seperate invoices for site fees and council tax.

We have just received our invoice for rates for the year 19-20 I note the site owners have applied VAT.

I spoke to the site owners who say that as it was business rates which is shared out between owners and VAT was applicable as it was business rates .

Speaking to the local council they tell me there is no VAT on rates private or business.

So on speaking to the site owners again they say that everything they charge is vatable so that was applied.

My argument is that the invoice line item says Rates and as they are collecting on behalf of the council then it should be outside of scope of VAT.

Anyone got any thoughts, how is it done on your site?
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Old 04-04-2019, 16:51
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Have a look on the NACO website. Below is a direct quote.
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VAT at Static Holiday Caravan Parks

Most caravan parks in the UK will be VAT registered and if they are, any payments that you make to them will be subject to VAT.

Pitch fee payments and business rates contributions are subject to the standard rate, which is currently 20%. Electricity and water are subject to a reduced rate of 5% if they are individually metered.
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I would read this as meaning that although the business rates charged to the park itself are not VAT rated, when rebilling they are providing a "service" in the actual rebilling, which makes them Vatable.
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Old 04-04-2019, 18:46
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Ok thanks fhb for the information . I’ve had a look at the NACO site and it explains a lot, it’s my misunderstanding.
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Old 04-04-2019, 21:02
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still annoying, though - having to pay tax on a tax.
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Old 05-04-2019, 04:29
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Caravan Parks get one Business Rate bill a year and then what they do they divide it up so that every one pays, But its not Business rate direct to you its a Charge or contribution to the Business rates of the park.

So if the Park is Vat registered then they need to add 20% to this contribution.

Whilst it can seem misleading this is generally what happens
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Old 05-04-2019, 19:28
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All services from any company that is VAT registered is subject to VAT. Unfortunately, that is the law.
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