VAT Conference 2017 - London FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017, 09:00 - 17:00


Charities are subject to VAT just like any other organisation. However, many charities undertake activities that are either exempt from or outside the scope of VAT, which means they cannot reclaim VAT costs on purchases. There are a number of exemptions that may be available if your organisation meets certain conditions.

VAT knowledge and planning are crucial to minimising irrecoverable VAT and budgeting for remaining amounts that can't be recovered.

Delegates will be provided with updates on VAT, tax, partial exemptions and recovery, fundraising and zero rate activities and irrecoverable VAT and trading subsidiaries.
This conference will be particularly useful for all those working in roles that work with VAT on a regular basis including Finance Directors, Treasurers, Finance Managers, Senior Accountants, Donor Relationship Managers and Trustees.

CFG will also be running an optional session in the morning before the conference, inviting those who are less familiar with VAT to gain some background understanding and an overview of the topic. The aim is to help junior delegates feel more confident in their knowledge before attending the main conference sessions.

This conference is kindly hosted by: 



Early registration for junior staff session


Introduction to VAT for junior staff 

This session is for those who are less familiar with VAT to gain some background understanding and an overview of the topic. The aim is to help junior delegates feel more confident in their knowledge before attending the main conference sessions.

Leila Ong, Price Bailey


Registration and refreshments


Chair’s welcome and introduction

Arati Patel, Barts Charity


VAT  Update and Development 

HMRC have recently changed the process of VAT and Tax reporting to a digital system. In this session, find out how this change will affect your current processes and learn about other updates and developments to VAT.

Robert Warne, Crowe Clark Whitehill


Employee Tax Update

This session will provide the latest employee tax updates relevant to the sector.

Nick Bustin, haysmacintyre




Partial Exemptions and Recovery 

For many charities partial exemption can be a daunting area of VAT. This session will give tips to maximise your recovery and practical insight into partial exemption methods.

Socrates Socratous, SOC VAT Consultants
*N.B this session has changed times*


Irrecoverable VAT and Using a Trading Subsidiary 

Irrecoverable VAT is a major tax  burden to many charities, however it it often possible to minimise the irrecoverable VAT you suffer. This session will include a look at trading subsidiaries, when to use them, how to finance the trading subsidiary and shedding profits.

Leila Ong, Price Bailey
*N.B. this session has changed times*


Break for refreshments


Fundraising and Zero Rate Activities

Commonly, fundraising and charitable activities are exempt from VAT, however there are areas where VAT is chargeable, or there are implications of recovery that need to be planned for due to the status of income. This session will cover the VAT treatment of fundraising events and other sources of fundraising. and zero-rated activities such as publications.

Steve Hodgetts, VAT Partner, RSM UK


Troubleshooting session
This final session will be an opportunity for attendees to have their questions answered on anything relating to trading and VAT from some of our speakers who have presented during the day.


Chair’s close and end of conference

Venue Details


Baring Asset Management, 155 Bishopsgate, LONDON, EC2M 3XY

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Bookings & Prices


  • Early Bird CFG Member Charity - £81; Early bird rate ends Friday 11 August
  • Non CFG Member Charity - £132.00;
  • CFG Charity Member - £101.00;

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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