VAT Specialists Limited is headed by Chartered Tax Adviser Andrew Needham who has a degree in Law from UCNW Bangor and is a specialist in indirect taxes. Andrew has over 20 years experience in VAT having spent 7 years in HM Customs & Excise, firstly as a VAT inspector, then as a departmental trainer, and finally in a headquarters policy unit dealing with the introduction of the EU single market.

After leaving Customs he joined Deloitte & Touche as a VAT consultant in Liverpool and then Manchester, where he qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser. Andrew then moved to London where he worked on formulating indirect tax planning ideas, writing articles for tax publications, and was author of Deloitte’s Weekly VAT News. From Deloitte’s, Andrew moved to Ernst & Young in Manchester as a senior indirect tax consultant, where he managed the indirect tax affairs of several multi-national companies.

In 2001 Andrew left Ernst & Young to form VAT Solutions (UK) Limited with a co-Director. In September 2009 Andrew formed his own VAT consultancy practice, VAT Specialists Limited.

Andrew is VAT adviser to the Forum of Private Business and represents them quarterly on the Joint VAT Consultative Committee. Andrew is also a member of the northern region Working Together Initiative with HMRC. He is a specialist in international tax, land and property issues and also a lecturer on VAT issues.

Andrew has articles published regularly in the accountancy press and is author of Bloomsbury Professional Value Added Tax (previously Tottel’s Value Added Tax). He is also part of the editorial management team of Indicator Ltd, the Belgium-based publishing firm behind ‘Tips & Advice Tax’ and other specialist tax publications throughout Europe. Similarly, Andrew contributes articles to ‘Small Business Tax & Finance’, a tax publication produced by the Channel Islands-based firm Cyan Publishing Services Ltd.

Andrew has been appointed by the editorial team of Croner CCH to edit the Land and Property section of their ‘British VAT Reporter’, and also writes regular articles for the sister publication ‘VAT News’. Andrew was appointed by leading publishers, Gee, to edit and update the international trade chapter of their ‘VAFB’ VAT handbook.

In terms of an Internet presence, Andrew regularly contributes articles to the ‘Taxationweb’ and ‘Property Tax Portal’ websites.


VAT planning – When undertaking new business ventures, trading overseas, becoming involved in property transactions or share issues, our efficient planning advice can save you time and money and avoid many of the pitfalls associated with such transactions.

Technical VAT advice – We have access to the latest VAT news and changes in legislation, which, when coupled to a large technical library, means we can provide you with a fast, accurate and cost-effective service.

Obtaining clearances from HMRC.

Dispute resolution - If HMRC will not initially withdraw an assessment or a contested ruling, our consultants will be able to advise you on the appeals process and carry forward to a Tribunal hearing using the HMRC Internal Review system. We can also provide advice and help on how to proceed with cases involving surcharges, penalties and interest and civil and criminal fraud.

Telephone helpline – We offer a comprehensive telephone helpline service for clients to help resolve everyday problems. Wherever possible, we will try to give an immediate answer.

VAT health checks – We can provide VAT health checks to pinpoint potential problems before they have the chance to cause real difficulties. Having examined your VAT affairs we can recommend ways to potentially improve efficiency, cash - flow and create savings.

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