The European Court has ruled against Wellcome Trust (WT) in respect of whether the charity needed to account for VAT on reverse charges or not.
This decision was made in respect of services WT received from abroad in relation to their non-business activities.
Entities who are registered for VAT will have to continue to account for VAT under the reverse charge mechanism when they receive services from abroad, on both their business and non-business activities. These services would be subject to the standard rate of VAT if they had been received from a UK supplier.
The judgement placed some emphasis on WT being a taxable person (WT being a VAT registered entity). However, the decision could impact entities who are not presently VAT registered who receive services from abroad and have any business income.
If you would like further information on the decision made and how it impacts your charity, please get in touch with Robert Warne or your usual Crowe contact.