How to win against an HMRC attack on your aesthetics business – TOP TIPS  

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To pre-empt and to stand a chance of winning the case, firms need to demonstrate on a case by case basis, exactly what it is they are providing and that the primary purpose of any treatment is medical. This is made more difficult when patient records are private, confidential and data protection has also to be considered.

As always in tax, the burden of proof is on you the appellant

Do you need third party medical corroboration or an expert witness?

Just because ...

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Word of Mouth rumours abound in the aesthetics industry  

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Sadly, many aesthetics clinics even when operated entirely by a qualified medial practitioner, may well find that they have been breaching the rules about charging VAT to their clients, either knowingly or not.

It has however been a well-known issue over recent years and this has spread by word of mouth (albeit largely ignored) across this industry. Most practitioners are aware of this hot potato!

So, if you are in the frame for such a Revenue attack what can you do to ...

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How do HMRC target the growing Botox industry – HMRC draw up the lines of Enquiry

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How would HMRC have selected your case for enquiry?

HMRC screen business accounts when submitted to them and select many on the basis of:-

  • Turnover falling just below the VAT threshold of £85,000
  • Turnover not matching their VAT returns, if filed
  • Nature of the trade, in various specialist projects into whole UK or regional trade sectors – often called ‘campaigns’, such as one into cosmetic practices across the UK.
  • Information received from anonymous sources like your competitors, an online or social media presence, articles in ...
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HMRC Target Aesthetics providers – Time to FACE to music.

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There would currently appear to be disputes over whether aesthetic treatments are purely cosmetic (and as such would be subject to a charge of 20%, the standard rate of VAT), or are a VAT free ‘medical’ treatment and this has recently been commented upon and factors decided in case-law. How does it affect you!!

Over recent years with the widespread prevalence of aesthetic or cosmetic treatments being seen in salons, homes and clinics everywhere, a grey area has arisen and is being ...

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