The firm successfully defended Bristol-based soft furnishings company, Harriet's House Ltd, against the unnecessary amount of documentation required by Customs & Excise regarding goods they had exported to another member state of the EC.Whilst Customs were waiting for the additional paperwork they had requested, they levied VAT on the export.The VAT was removed once Customs had received the extra documents, but in the meantime nearly £50,000 worth of interest charges had built up which the company is liable for. Whilst interest itself can not be appealed against, PKF challenged Customs at the VAT Tribunal over the ruthlessly tough stance they are taking with businesses when asking for evidence of goods being exported. Customs case was based on the fact that certain specific documents (eg certificates of shipment) were not available for inspection from Harriet's House Ltd within three months of goods being removed from the UK, free of VAT. Pannell Kerr Forster successfully demonstrated that there was abundant alternative evidence available in the first place to substantiate that the goods had been despatched from the UK by Harriet's House Ltd and that Customs had deliberately ignored this evidence when making the assessment which led to the interest charge.
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