Ok so the running VAT saga of Opticians vs HMRC has a new development
I am Nicola from David Cadwallader & Co and am always looking at current tax rulings which could affect my clients, in this case the number of Opticians practices that I work with
VAT is an ever-changing minefield and especially in the optical industry. At a recent seminar this case of Rapid Sequence Limited  UKFTT 432 (TC) caught my eye. HMRC ruled that where locum GP medical services are being supplied by a limited company rather than an unincorporated sole trader this was a supply of staff rather than a supply of medical services.
This will affect opticians who may potentially be faced with bills from their OOs with 20% VAT charged which they cannot recover
So, if for example a locum OO who has been working for an Optician for a number of years decides to incorporate he may find himself having to charge VAT if his turnover is above the VAT threshold (currently £82,000). This was previously (before incorporation) an exempt supply for VAT purposes but will now constitute a standard-rated supply
If your OO is talking about incorporating it may be a good idea to ask a few questions of him and your accountant to see if it will impact your business … and incur the dreaded de minimus problem
If you need any further advice on this area of VAT, any other area of VAT or anything to do with Optician’s finances give me a call