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A weighty matter - update!

Further to my colleague Roger’s comments in his blog of 30 April 2007, the High Court has recently overturned the Tribunal’s decision in part. The decision of the High Court was that the “enrolment fee” paid by members at the first meeting could be apportioned to reflect the printed matter element (zero rated leaflet/books etc). However, the fees paid for the subsequent weekly meetings were consideration for a single supply of “weight loss management services” which is standard rated.

The taxpayer appealed the decision in relation to subsequent meetings and HMRC cross appealed in relation to the first meetings. The Court of Appeal has recently issued its judgement which confirms that all fees paid by members are standard rated as a single supply.

This case demonstrates that it is becoming increasingly difficult to apportion income in cases of “apparent” mixed supplies.



Date: 27th June, 2008
Author: Jane Stacey


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