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Introduction to VAT for local councils

Tuesday, 11 January '22   10am – 11:30am GMT
Zoom - Online
11 spaces available
Introduction to VAT for local councils

This is an online event.

Joining instructions will be provided after booking.


For clerks, finance staff and councillors who wish to develop their knowledge.

This session explains how VAT affects local councils. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Topics include:
• how VAT law applies to local councils
• where to find the law and guidance
• business and non-business activities
• understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
• when a council must register for VAT
• when VAT can be reclaimed
• Partial exemption
• Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

By the end of this session you will:
• Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
• Understand the key concepts of VAT
• Know when a council can or can’t reclaim VAT
• Recognise when a council must register for VAT
• Be aware of activities that require special attention

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk & an accountant with 30 years’ experience in public sector finance, who specialises in advice & training for the local council sector.


This is an interactive session, you will need a device with a reasonable screen size such as a PC, laptop or tablet to be able to participate fully.

Your booking confirmation will contain a link to the online event. Please ensure that you log in at least 10 minutes before the session starts, make sure that your screen name includes your first and last names.



Standard place

10 available
standard place for councils that are members of their county association of local councils

CALC observer place

1 available
For CALC officers to observe a training session

Online event information

Zoom - Online