TaxCorporate TaxOrchestra loses VAT appeal

Orchestra loses VAT appeal

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra loses appeal in attempt to make admission income VAT-exempt

hmrc

Cultural charities suffered a heavy blow today when the the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra (BSO) lost its appeal to make admission income exempt from
VAT.

The long-running court battle came to a head today when three judges ruled
that because the orchestra paid managing director Michael Henson a salary it had
to pay VAT on admission revenue.

An organisation needed to be ‘essentially voluntary’ if its admission income
was to be made VAT exempt, and because Henson was a paid executive the BSO would
have to pay the VAT.

The BSO case was the latest in a series of challenges to HMRC by various
cultural charities, including the London Zoo and the Longborough Festival Opera.

Related Articles

Big names, little tax: Airbnb, Facebook, Kellogg’s, eBay

Corporate Tax Big names, little tax: Airbnb, Facebook, Kellogg’s, eBay

2m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

Administration New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

2m Emma Rawson, ATT Technical Officer
EU divided over radical tax reforms targeting tech giants

Corporate Tax EU divided over radical tax reforms targeting tech giants

2m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
‘Improve rather than lose’ disincorporation relief, tax body urges

Administration ‘Improve rather than lose’ disincorporation relief, tax body urges

3m Austin Clark, Reporter
How to educate your clients about tax avoidance

Corporate Tax How to educate your clients about tax avoidance

3m Clear Books | Sponsored
CGT clampdown nets HMRC £124m – but could lead to increase in use of avoidance schemes

Corporate Tax CGT clampdown nets HMRC £124m – but could lead to increase in use of avoidance schemes

3m Austin Clark, Reporter
‘Google tax’ nets HMRC £281m

Corporate Tax ‘Google tax’ nets HMRC £281m

3m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Should I incorporate my buy-to-let business?

Corporate Tax Should I incorporate my buy-to-let business?

4m Emma Rawson