VAT Accountants

Every year VAT regulations become more complex, and the impact of Brexit on VAT is still unknown. Our strong contacts within HMRC put us in a good position to guide our clients through this.

We have a dedicated team of VAT accountants with years of experience who can help with everything from registration through to your VAT returns. Our timely advice can help you avoid costly mistakes and achieve big savings.


Compulsory registration

It's up to individual businesses to be aware of their registration obligations. Once the VAT threshold has been breached then HMRC must be informed within set time frames. Failure to do so can result in penalties. We can help by monitoring your turnover, and where necessary can register your business for VAT on your behalf.  

Voluntary registration

Businesses that are under the VAT threshold may in some circumstances benefit from registering for VAT voluntarily. We can assess your circumstances and advise on the best course of action.

Ongoing obligations

Once registered, a business must keep proper records and submit returns on an ongoing basis. We can help you by preparing your returns and meeting all of your VAT obligations.

HMRC investigations can be lengthy and complicated. Our senior specialists include ex-HMRC officers who can offer practical help in getting the dispute concluded.  

We also offer a Tax Fee Protection Service which covers the cost of us defending you against an HMRC enquiry. More details of this service can be found here.

Many businesses are exposed to the risk of a VAT investigation and ensuing penalties. Our specialist team can carry out a VAT health check which replicates an HMRC investigation.

A recent rise in targeted VAT investigations and associated assessments, coupled with the latest penalty regime and potential interest charges leaves many businesses exposed to risk.

Larking Gowen’s specialist VAT team, which includes former senior HMRC employees, has devised a VAT health check designed to replicate an HMRC investigation. To arrange a visit or for more information please contact a member of the team.

VAT issues around transactions involving land, property and construction are notoriously complex. There is the potential to fall foul of regulation and miss out on savings.

Because of the risk of error and the large amounts of money involved we recommend that the VAT implications of all property transactions are reviewed at the earliest possible opportunity.

Partially exempt businesses, which make both VAT taxable and VAT exempt sales, may have trouble recovering all the VAT they incur on their costs.

The prescribed HMRC calculation method doesn't always allow for the best outcome for a business.

Larking Gowen can help you to agree a Partial Exemption Special Method with HMRC and advise on the best way to maximise your VAT recovery.

HMRC offer a variety of special VAT schemes which can save businesses time and money. Each scheme has its own set of eligibility criteria, and what is appropriate for one business may not be for another.

Our team can review your circumstances and advise on the most efficient VAT scheme for your business.

Businesses which trade outside the UK face complex VAT rules. Our team has a wealth of experience in this area and can advise on the following:

  • Dispatches/acquisitions of goods within the EU
  • EC Sales Lists
  • Intrastat
  • Distance sales
  • Imports/exports
  • Intra EU supplies of services
  • Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS)

Our VAT specialists have a thorough knowledge of sectors where VAT issues can be complex, and the right advice can help you avoid penalties and minimise your costs.

These sectors include:

  • Local Authorities
  • Academy schools
  • Charities & not-for-profit organisations
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Motor trade

Get in touch

T: 0330 024 0888


Daniel May

Daniel May

Assistant Manager

Richard Proctor

Richard Proctor


Rob Skilton

Rob Skilton

Senior Manager


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