With a 2024 Election on 4 July and pundits forecasting a potential landslide Labour win, the stated intention to add VAT onto private school fees is now something that bursars and governors must take very seriously – simply adding 20% on top of term charges will not be a realistic option for most.

Independent Schools: VAT Webinar

Proposal to add VAT to Independent School Fees – Are you Ready?

Date & Time:
Friday 7 June 10:00

45 mins

Hosted by Gemma McCaldon-Gower and Adam Marshall

Our webinar will help you understand exactly what a shift in political landscape will mean, both financially and from an administrative perspective and give you practical steps to assess the impact on your school.

What we will cover:

  • Can the VAT legislation be changed, or is this policy merely a threat?
  • What adding VAT to fees would mean, in practical terms:
    • VAT registration
    • Partial exemption
    • Making Tax Digital
    • Implications of a policy change partway through the school year
  • Measuring the impact on your school:
    • How much of a VAT charge can be passed on to parents/carers?
    • VAT recovery on costs
    • Potential windfall on historic capital expenditure
  • VAT savings/mitigation strategies
  • What you need to think about now

Q&A Session:
An opportunity to ask questions of our panel.


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    If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact your usual BBVAT contact, or our free VAT helpline.

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