Case Studies

Accordance assists businesses in managing their international VAT obligations which are unique to each business.

Here are a range of case studies which show how we have helped our clients to become VAT compliant by utilising our bespoke approach.

Tour Operator’s Margin Scheme (TOMS)

Accordance see a lot of issues created by the TOMS rules when companies, who are predominantly event organisers or hosts, start providing hotel accommodation or passenger transport services for delegates attending the event which is being organised.

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VAT Recovery through Analysis

Every year, we help clients review and recover VAT they have occurred across different EU Member States. In one recent case, the client had been encountering problems with obtaining refunds for all the VAT it was incurring. Crucially though, the client did not understand why this was.

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Retrospective VAT Recovery

A manufacturing business involved in tooling production approached us asking if we could investigate EU Refund Directive claims they had made over the past few years. They had previously filed claims in Italy during the years 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, but they had not received the claims themselves, nor any decisions from the Italian authorities.

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VAT Rate Review

We often carry out rate reviews for clients who trade across the EU. These are required because despite there being overarching EU VAT rate regulations to which all Member States must adhere, there is some room for individual countries to set varying rates of VAT across differing supplies of services and goods.

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Understanding Transactions

A leading business operating in the oil industry contacted us for specialised VAT advice. It had already obtained three VAT registrations and separate local providers were managing the VAT compliance obligations in these countries. As a result, no one party had full visibility of the client’s overall VAT position which left our client exposed to risk that they wanted to minimise.

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Triangulation

We were recently approached by a client who needed assistance understanding the VAT implications of a new supply chain it was involved with. On a call with one of our experienced consultants and the new client’s allocated Business Development manager, we were able to grasp in detail the supply chain and provide the client with an option that greatly reduced its expected compliance obligations.

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Applying the Domestic Reverse Charge

When a business starts to undertake activity in a new country, it can sometimes feel like a bit of a “leap into the dark”! This can especially be the case with VAT across the EU because although every country is, at a high level, subject to the same legislation (EU VAT Directive 2006/112EC) individual countries have sufficient scope to alter their national rules and apply unique procedures and rules.

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Improving Cash Flow

Last year, a leading distribution business dealing in raw materials (iron, steel and magnesium), contacted us and asked to be provided with a competitive proposal for specialist VAT advice. After reviewing the client’s existing compliance structure and some of its supply chains we took over the management of its Spanish VAT registration from their previous provider.

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Getting Distance Sales Right

We recently helped a large multi-national client making DS who had missed its exceeding of the thresholds. Following analysis of their sales data we could determine that liabilities to be VAT registered in 4 other EU Member States were created at various points during 2015.

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Chain Transactions

Our client was a German business who had won a new contract to supply products used in the oil industry to a customer also in Germany. However, to make the supply it needed to first purchase the items from a supplier in Italy. The cross border buying and selling of goods within the EU can be an exercise fraught with difficulties – not least from the VAT perspective.

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