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Hi Just Answer Customer
My name is Sam and lets see if we can help you with this
Can you advise
1) have you registered for VAT and have a VAT number
2) Are VAT returns filed each quarter to HMRC
3) Have you charged VAT on the services/goods you supply?
yes i am registered and have a vat number
yes i myself do the vat returns each quarter
yes i do charge vat as required
my accountant gets all my returns with each years accounts and is supposed to check everything is correct to present my accounts to the hmrc
Thanks for your response and I do apologise if the questions seemed a bit daft (but its important to establish the facts)
Then it would seem you have claimed VAT suffered incorrectly, and as you do the VAT returns yourself, and your accountant only assists with the year end accounts, that there is no recourse on the accountant (as it may well be he does not even use the VAT returns and creates a profit and loss account from scratch, or just transposes the Tax figures (which would be net of VAT) from any software you use.
And whilst the VAT position is a part accounts for each quarter, unless you had specifically agreed that the accountant should check the VAT for you - then again it would appear there is no recourse.
Have you anything drawn up in the papers you have with the accountant (that details what he will do for you) that advised regarding the VAT returns?
If so, please advise and I can offer a way to take this forward.