VAT (Value Added Tax)

VAT can be simple but often it is anything but. If we’re brought in early enough on proposed transactions, we’re confident that we can structure the deal to give you maximum VAT advantage.

We’re just as confident that we can help you ensure your operations are both VAT compliant and make use of VAT efficiency opportunities, as well as dealing with any specific VAT problems or issues that may occur during your day-to-day business.

Our team has ‘sector specific’ VAT specialist knowledge in a number of areas, notably the charities and not for profit sector, property, automotive, retail, education and local authorities.

We provide a VAT service to suit your needs – from compliance in calculating VAT returns to VAT advisory. We have a specialist VAT team who can help with planning opportunities for VAT efficiency, as well as advising clients on identifying retrospective reclaim opportunities, securing significant VAT repayments.

Our VAT consultancy services support clients with corporate finance and group restructuring, partial exemption, property transactions and HMRC disputes.

Ahead of a VAT inspection we offer a ‘VAT health check’ to ensure there will be no nasty surprises, and to make sure you are fully prepared. We can also help facilitate the inspection process itself, to ensure the visit goes smoothly and reduce the resource cost to your business.

We also offer a tax investigation support service, primarily for accountants, solicitors, clients and other professionals. This service is intended to support the advisor’s relationship with the client, rather than being in conflict with it.

What services do we offer?

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VAT Registration
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Capital Goods Scheme
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Identifying retrospective reclaim opportunities
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Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC) / Transactional support
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Partial exemption & special VAT schemes
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Construction projects (including Option to Tax & implications for charities)
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HMRC disputes & tax investigation support service
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International VAT

VAT Risk Diagnostic

Through our simple VAT Risk Diagnostic, you will be able to identify from 10 key risk factors the top 3 areas that are working well and top 3 areas you need to work on to improve your business’ assurance that you meet your VAT obligations.

Related content

You’ll find lots of helpful VAT articles on our website, covering a range of topics.

The right team for the job

Alan Davis

Alan Davis

I am Chairman of Henderson Loggie and lead our award-winning VAT team. I cover all four offices providing specialist advice on technical VAT compliance and advisory, training and development. Having spent 16 years with HM…
Allan Easton

Allan Easton

I’m a VAT Assistant Manager and cover all four of our offices throughout Scotland. My role is varied and comprises of both leading the firms MTD bridging software offering and advising a wide range of…


“The Henderson Loggie VAT team provided detailed training on VAT – and particularly partial exemption – for our accounts team.  Their presentation was bespoke to us, to meet our specific needs and questions and ensured once we’d covered principles that we worked through the practical application to us.

We now feel far more comfortable in our understanding of how VAT impacts the business and will use the materials provided as part of our processes going forward.  Who knew an afternoon of VAT training could be almost enjoyable!  It always feels like money well spent for the input we get from you and we really value your support.”

Debby Smith, Edinburgh University Students’ Association

“The excellent VAT webinar which you delivered yesterday to members of the European Relocation Association (EuRA), brought clarity to some challenging tax issues for our members and their feedback on the session has been very positive.”

Gordon Kerr, Legal Services, EuRA

“This is exactly what I was after.  I’m now quite comfortable with our arrangements for invoicing going forward.  Thanks again for the prompt and unambiguous response – it is appreciated.”

Commercial Director, Construction business