Welcome to Just VAT…

…the independent VAT consultancy service. 

Just VAT is an independent consultancy providing bespoke VAT advice to a range of sectors across the Midlands, London and the Home Counties.

Welcome to Just VAT

JUST VAT is a pure VAT consultancy practice led by Phil Jeffrey, its co-founder and principal consultant.


The combined experience of JUST VAT personnel in dealing with VAT 100% of the time exceeds 60 years. Whilst all advice is bespoke to the JUST VAT client, this experience gives us the knowledge to be able to deliver cost-effective, user-friendly ‘packages’ of services, to maximise value and impact.
Being independent of any accounting or auditing business, JUST VAT is unfettered by audit constraints or conflicts of interest.
JUST VAT operations and personnel are regulated by the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

  • Expertise

    The combined experience of JUST VAT personnel in dealing with VAT 100% of the time exceeds 60 years.

  • Independence

    Being independent of any accounting or auditing business, JUST VAT is unfettered by audit constraints or conflicts of interest.

Just some of the sectors we work with

Just VAT has expertise across a range of sectors and specialisms, including:

Land & Property

Services for Land & Property professionals include Capital Goods Scheme identification reviews, VAT Cashflow and Stamp Duty Land Tax mitigation and the structuring of Option to Tax notifications.

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Charities & NPMOs

VAT is both the biggest tax and the biggest threat to the NFP sector. Our experts will help maximise reliefs and optimise levels of VAT recovery, allowing both customers and suppliers can reduce the burden.

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Education & Training

Advice for schools and training centres, from maximising recovery on capital projects to advising Independent Schools facing severe VAT costs from hidden 'reverse charges'.

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Sports Clubs

Amateur sports clubs benefit greatly from VAT exemptions; exemptions which can be maximised through careful planning. Partial exemption also represents a major threat to many sports clubs.

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Membership Organisations

The status of a membership organisation is a major focus, and there are also hidden international dimensions and risks which require attention. In many cases, a degree of exemption is available.

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Housing Sector

Housing sector operators can benefit from 'golden brick', design and build and joint ventures. Additionally, our partial exemption reviews create VAT savings on 95% of occasions.

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Retailers

Bespoke schemes are often required for larger retailers, however the VAT status of point of sale liabilities create a constant source of opportunity. Voucher planning affords further cost reduction.

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Solicitors Practices

VAT cost and compliance issues frequently arise from partial exemption, international services and disbursements, creating a threat to cost recovery and entitlements.

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Finance & Insurance Brokers

IFAs face increasing threats from VAT and RDR, whilst insurance brokers face potential threats from compulsory registration. Differing VAT regimes for Leasing & HP agreements also create complications.

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Opticians

A periodic expert review will assist with reaching the optimum composite rate for dispensed goods whilst minimising the risks associated with the partial exemption rules.

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Pension Funds

Property investment within SIPP & SSAS pensions presents considerable VAT risks and opportunities. Cashflow, SDLT mitigation and VAT recovery for fund manager costs are also regular themes.

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Visitors Centres & Museums

Whilst partial exemption attribution is a regular source of HMRC attack, there is a valuable exempt status for admissions to certain organisations. VAT-effective agency arrangements are also important.

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Services

Tailored advice with some examples as follows;
VAT assessment and other related challenges
Expert use of mechanisms to defend against HMRC issued VAT assessments, with defences ranging from the use of local reviews, alternative dispute resolution and appeals before the Tax Tribunal.

Who could this benefit?
Any VAT registered business faced with an HMRC Officer’s assessment which it believes has not been raised in proper consideration of the facts or of the law.
Property; Capital Goods Scheme Report
Identifies all relevant properties, performs up to date calculations and provides a template for ongoing/future compliance and advice in terms of potential risks or opportunities.

Who could this benefit?
Anyone unsure as to status of property on balance sheet, perhaps in preparation of sale of property or of business; useful for lenders.
Grants review for Charities & other NFPs
In-depth analysis of VAT status of grants and 'non-business' implications for levels of entitlement to input-tax recovery, including risks evaluation and recommendations.

Who could this benefit?
This could benefit any organisation in regular receipt of grants which fund activities. Highlights risk of HMRC attack and any opportunities for improvements or reclaims.
VAT risks and review Health Check
A high-level review of standards of VAT compliance, highlighting any areas of weakness or vulnerability to HMRC attack, culminating in a summary report of recommendations.

Who could this benefit?
This could benefit any VAT-registered business which is unsure of whether its practices are acceptable or of how it would deal with an in-depth HMRC audit; particularly popular where there are new accounting personnel or stakeholders who are seeking reassurance.
Transfer of a Going Concern review ('TOGC')
A critical analysis fo the circumstances where TOGC treatment could render sales of businesses (and some property) VAT-free, with benefits accruing to the acquirer in terms of cashflow and (possibly) real Stamp Duty Land Tax bottom line savings, as well as significant risk reduction.

Who could this benefit?
This could benefit any organisation with regular needs for confirmation of VAT treatment, bespoke to that organisation; very popular with charities, other NPMOs and the education sector where advance fixed budgets for support and advice are preferred.
VAT advice and support retainer
Unlimited support via phone and email, normally incorporating period meetings. Any additional work is provided at 50% of current hourly charge-out rate.

Who could this benefit?
This could benefit an acquirer of assets or buildings and additionally the transferor can procure a more commercially viable disposal.
Property planning for the housing sector
A bespoke service tuned to specific developments, highlighting cost reductions, maximising reliefs and lower rates and Where applicable) exemption.

Who could this benefit?
This is equally valuable for property developers, housebuilders and the social housing sector, or joint ventures incorporating these.
Penalty elimination & mitigation
A service which can be activated at any stage of the penalty process (pre or post issue of penalty notice); aimed at robust defence of behaviours within the spectrum that HMRC evaluate for assessing penalties.

Who could this benefit?
This could benefit any VAT-registered business which has fallen foul of the penalty regime.
VAT partial exemption review
An analysis of methods used with a view to establishing where practices need to be amended or where alternative methods could be considered.

Who could this benefit?
This could benefit any partly exempt VAT registered business which seeks reassurance that current practices are acceptable and that the best method available is being used.

Testimonials

‘…following our acquisition of a part constructed building HMRC were late with our repayment. We eventually got all of our money plus 5% (repayment supplement), which was a sizeable 5 figure some on its own…very happy to recommend the people at JustVAT…’

Developer of student accommodation
Midlands

‘…reviewed what we do and opened our eyes to some of the complexities and also the savings possible…’

Charity Organisation
Home Counties

‘…spotted our POS/MOSS requirements which had previously gone unnoticed….will be forever grateful that we avoided an embarrassing battle with overseas authorities…’

International Members Organisation
Midlands

‘…took a challenge from HMRC on the status of a product line in the pet arena…won it quite easily and saved us £50k…’

National Retailer
North Midlands

‘….saved us a fortune by coming up with a solution for impending irrecoverable VAT problem…..’

Insurance Broker Group
Midlands

‘….our company SSAS had potential interim funding problems for our acquiring a new building for us to occupy in the trading business….secured VAT free status and liaised with the bank and the vendor throughout…saved us cashflow andstamp duty…’

Company Pension Fund
Home Counties

‘…designed a partial exemption special method for us to deal with the refurbishment of a College building….dealt with all aspects with HMRC from start to finish….eventually secured us a repayment of over £400,000….’

Further Education College
Home Counties

‘….many years ago achieved massive repayments for the club and has stayed in contact keeping us up to speed with all the Green Fee challenges, protecting our position along the way…’

Members Golf Club
Midlands

‘….achieved repayments for us on our ‘right to buy’ schemes…still helps us with development projects…’

Housing Association
West Midlands

‘…re-designed our disbursement system to make it VAT compliant….is always there for those hairy international questions….’

Solicitors Practice
London

‘…after 18 months of getting nowhere with our accountant and with HMRC, within 3 weeks of engaging Phil (from Just VAT) we had an agreed method of apportioning our sales and 4 weeks after that we had a repayment of £6,000!....’

Opticians
Greater London

‘….we had a long running dispute with HMRC concerning our agreed partial exemption method, but it was resolved in our favour….’

Charitable Museum
Midlands

Introducing JUST VAT

JUST VAT is a pure VAT consultancy practice led by Phil Jeffrey, its co-founder and principal consultant.

EXPERTISE
The combined experience of JUST VAT personnel in dealing with VAT 100% of the time exceeds 60 years. Whilst all advice is bespoke to the JUST VAT client, this experience gives us the knowledge to be able to deliver cost-effective, user-friendly ‘packages’ of services, to maximise value and impact.

INDEPENDENCE
Being independent of any accounting or auditing business, JUST VAT is unfettered by audit constraints or conflicts of interest.

JUST VAT operations and personnel are regulated by the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

phil.jeffrey@justvat.co.uk

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