One of our clients produces cakes, biscuits and confectionery for hotels and coffee shops. One of their main customers is a national hotel and coffee shop chain who insisted that VAT should not be applied to any of the products supplied to them. Given the complex nature of VAT liability with such products, our client sought advice on how best to meet the demands of their customer.
We suggested a comprehensive review of all existing products to ensure these met the criteria set out by HMRC to qualify for zero rated VAT, and a review of all potential new products to ensure these also met the criteria, and, if not, how the product could be altered to qualify for zero rating.
Members of our food and drink team visited the premises to gather information on all existing and new products, obtained ingredient lists and then conducted reviews to ensure that everything met the relevant criteria.
The team successfully ensured that all products met the criteria and qualified for VAT zero rating, resulting in the client being confident that they could meet the demands of their major customer that VAT was not applicable on any of their products.