Mayflower Theatre wins key VAT appeal

Theatre Trust
has defeated
HM Revenue & Customs’
attempt to turn around a VAT decision that focused on the cost of theatre

The Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision that Mayflower was able to
reclaim a proportion of VAT charged on the cost of hosting theatrical

The decision is expected to enable theatres to increase the level of claims
for VAT previously overpaid, and could reduce the cost of productions in the

‘Whilst the High Court agreed with Mayflower, the scope of the Court of
Appeal’s judgment means that many similar businesses will be entitled to seek a
refund of previously overpaid VAT from HMRC,’ said
indirect tax director Simon Baxter.

He said it presented a broader opportunity for UK theatres and other
organisations to reclaim a ‘significant’ amount of VAT.

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