What is it?
A VAT support service for accountants and lawyers.
Who should use it?
Professional practices who don’t have in-house VAT specialist knowledge or who would benefit from the facility to obtain a second opinion.
What are the features?
- Maximum 48 hour response time for all telephone and email enquiries
- Fixed price of £85 plus VAT per call/email, wherever possible
There is a £10 discount for the first year reducing the price to £75
- Agreed fee budgets for more complex/project work based on average hourly charge out rates of £280 per hour (plus VAT)
- No joining fee or minimum usage
- Regular email bulletins on VAT issues and breaking news
- Invitations to attend free VAT update seminars
Why should I choose UK VAT Advice Limited’s VAT Helpline over any other?
In part, the features above answer this because the service is fast response and cost-effective but, above all, because ‘they know their stuff’.
View Debra’s CV
Head, UK VAT Advice
Debra has 30 years of experience providing high level VAT consultancy to a wide range of clients on a variety of VAT issues.
She has seen almost every type of VAT problem imaginable and has come up with some truly innovative solutions, which have helped Haslers’ clients to reduce VAT payments and argue successfully against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
She advises on transactions and structures across all business types, with an emphasis on the tough property and construction sector, where the VAT exposure is often significant and the matters complex.
During her time in the VAT industry she built up a wealth of experience and expertise, where her practical and pragmatic approach has helped her to successfully argue against HMRC in clients´ favour to achieve substantial VAT savings in a range of cases, including recruitment consultants, property dealers and golf clubs and has succeeded in getting Customs to admit to misdirection and pay compensation.
Debra is passionate about musical theatre and has seen more than 100 West End and Broadway shows. She shares this passion with her three daughters.
This love of the stage is something that Debra brings to her work as an experienced and straight-speaking VAT lecturer and trainer.
She has helped deliver a number of seminars to clients, business groups and other professionals. Her expertise is so great that she has also been called upon to support other accountancy firms with their high level VAT requirements.
In the past Debra has also worked with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to help its members gain a greater understanding of VAT issues. Her expertise in the field of VAT is well recognised within the industry.
Debra began her career working for H M Customs and Excise (now HMRC) in 1986 where she remained until 2000.
She then Joined a top ten firm of City accountants as a VAT Assistant Manager in 2000, progressing to Manager and then Senior Manager before joining Haslers in 2005 to head up the VAT department, of which she was made partner in January 2008.
View Paul’s CV
Director, UK VAT Advice Limited
Paul Reynolds is a Director of UK VAT advice Limited and is one of the few dual qualified tax professionals in local practice. Paul joined Haslers in 2001, gained his CTA qualification within three years and went on to specialise in complex tax planning structures. He studied AIIT and qualified in 2006 with top marks in one paper. He has continued to work in both direct tax and VAT, providing clients with a dual aspect view.
Paul comments, “My experience has taught me that VAT issues should be considered at every stage of a transaction to avoid lengthy costs and/or delays. My direct tax background has enabled me to consider both direct and indirect tax issues for our clients and contacts. I believe that good advice is more important than ever, given the increased complexity of tax legislation together with the need for Government to reduce the significant budget deficit.”
Debra and Paul are supported by a compliance team.
How do I sign up?
UK VAT Advice will give you an engagement letter and a copy of their terms of business and may require some identify checks for your firm – but that’s it. Unless you ask them to work for your client directly on larger projects, they always provide their advice to you and you provide it to your client. This cuts down on identity checking and maintains your relationship with your client, which they are here to support.