Orchestra loses VAT appeal

The Bournemouth symphony orchestra yesterday lost a VAT appeal with
implications for the entire charity sector.

The BSO was not allowed to claim exemption from VAT, Mr Justice Mann said,
since it had a paid executive on its board.

The paid executive meant its board was not ‘essentially voluntary.’

Tax experts were quoted in The Daily Telegraph saying that the ruling would
create confusion: ‘Many charities were hoping this case would create certainty
on when VAT exemption should apply. Rather, it has created even further

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