Do sports clubs have to register for VAT?

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A sports club with business activities and turnover from standard-rated, reduced-rated and zero-rated supplies (including subscriptions) above current HMRC (“HM Revenue & Customs”) limits should register for VAT.

There have been a number of recent high profile VAT cases where sports clubs have had successful cases against HMRC.

A couple of these being Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club v HMRC and Goals Soccer Centre v HMRC. Repayment claims should be made if applicable and we can advise and help prepare the claim where necessary.

We would strongly recommend you take appropriate VAT advice to structure your club correctly and to make sure you don’t have any nasty surprises from a HMRC VAT visit.

Please click here to see HMRC’s guidance on registering for VAT.

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