Because it's to another VAT registered company presumably?
If a man speaks in a forest, and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong..?
1. some boats were sold by Fairline to dealer with vat. Dealer recovers the VAT. Then (it appears) dealer records sale to end customer as Jersey-bound so nil VAT, even though customer was UK. Customer either gets no VAT invoice or one showing UK VAT on it, hopefully the latter as acbruce seems to have. But whatever the customer gets in this scenario the boat is VAT paid by virtue of the sale by a VAT-registered trader UK-to-UK, even though the VAT was fraudulently not paid over by dealer to HMRC. The earlier Fairline-to-dealer invoice has nothing to do with it
2. Another boat seems to have been smuggled and a false invoice created to show it as VAT paid in its previous history. This boat is liable to VAT (importer/owner) and the first invoice from Fairline to first dealer has no bearing on its now-smuggled status
I must say that this seems like a really bone headed form of VAT fraud by the dealer and how he could think he could get away with this with such large and easily identifiable assets is beyond me. He deserves to go to jail simply for being an idiot
Agreed we don't have the facts but I think it's safe to assume that Fairline PLC issued an invoice which included VAT to Fairline Dorset for supply of the boats. Yes Assuming that Fairline Dorset paid the invoice in full and Fairline PLC correctly accounted for the VAT to HMRC, then surely a transaction has taken place for which VAT has been paid? Yes but it is entirely possible for boats to become un-VAT paid subsequently eg export to CI The fact that the dealer sells the boats on to UK customers including VAT and records these sales as nil VAT transactions in his VAT return - I don't think he did that. I think he recorded the 6 boats as zero-VATable sales in his dealings with HMRC but recorded them as 17.5% VATable sales in dealings with his UK customers so collecting the VAT cash but he did not hand over the cash to HMRC becuase he told HMRC he had sold the boats export to CI - is surely immaterial in terms of whether the boats are considered VAT paid? It is VERY material. The fact these boats were sold B2C by a UK VAT registered boat seller is precisely what makes them VAT paid Therefore obtaining the original invoice from Fairline PLC to Fairline Dorset is all the owners need to prove VAT status to subsequent buyers. No, for the reasons above. Doesn't prove a boat isn't smuggled and as a buyer if this is the only VAT invoice you get you ought to be suspiciuous as to whyI must say that this seems like a really bone headed form of VAT fraud by the dealer and how he could think he could get away with this with such large and easily identifiable assets is beyond me. He deserves to go to jail simply for being an idiot Agreed!
I know I'm surrounded by other c-level officers when even forum posts get red-lined
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