Socrates Socratous

Socrates Socratous

Director, SOC VAT Consultants

Socrates’ VAT experience exceeds 20 years. Before starting SOC VAT Consultants, he spent nearly 5 years as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. As part of the Middle Markets team, he advised middle to multi-national sized clients in a variety of sectors.

His work included advising on issues such as land and property transactions, partial exemption and business/non-business methods, international services and supplies of goods, finance and cash flow planning.

He specialised in servicing charities and other not-for-profit organisations and was the head of the National Charities and Not-for-profit VAT team which included housing associations.

At SOC VAT, Socrates has continued to advise businesses in the Charity and Not-For-Profit sector and this makes up around 70 per cent of the company’s client portfolio. In addition the business has built up a portfolio of other practices which do not have an in house VAT specialism and hence use SOC for support.

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HMRC (image credit: Steph Gray)

Socrates Socratous reports on HMRC's current position when it comes to the recovery of VAT on costs if the charity makes no admission charges.

Socrates Socratous is the director of SOC VAT Consultants

Socrates Socratous outlines the VAT implications for different types of property use and development.

HMRC proposes to amend its policy on design and build structures

Socrates Socratous outlines new HMRC proposals for VAT on building work which could be costly for charities.

Non-monetary consideration and barter transactions

Socrates Socratous outlines the VAT implications of transactions where no money changes hands.

VAT arrangements must reflect reality

Socrates Socratous and Linda Skilbeck look at a VAT tribunal case which provides an important lesson for recovering VAT.

Lennartz appeal fails

Socrates Socratous and Linda Skilbeck report on the result of the first UK VAT case since the ECJ’s decision in VNLTO cast doubt on the Lennartz principle.

Technical briefing: VAT and renovation

The Whitechapel Art Gallery is a registered charity and displays works of art to the general public for no consideration. It acquired an old derelict library building adjacent to its existing premises for £900k with the intention of converting it into a gallery.

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