High Court Decision Confirms End of Channel Islands LVCR Abuse and Clarifies State Power to Exclude Mail Order Goods from LVCR.

On the 15th of March 2012 the High Court in London finally ended the abuse of LVCR from the Channel Islands. You can download the full Judgement here : Judgement LVCR Guernsey 15.3.12 RAVAS (Retailers Against VAT Avoidance Schemes) intervened in the hearing at the last moment in order to submit information to the Court that…



RAVAS intervenes in Channel Islands attempt to overturn LVCR Legislation

RAVAS, the group of UK retailers that successfully campaigned to convince the Government to end the VAT avoidance arrangement known as ‘The Channel Islands VAT Loophole’, has intervened in the judicial review of the UK Governments legislation that ends the loophole. The judicial review has been initiated by the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey who…

It’s over! The final word from RAVAS Spokesman Richard Allen.

At the bottom of this posting is the song I listened to when I had to close my mail order company The Freak Emporium, in December 2007, after 16 successful and enjoyable years in business. By 2007 it was simply no longer possible to compete from the UK mainland as a result of a major…

Guernsey Minister Responsible for ‘Fulfilment’ Industry Claims Island did not Encourage LVCR Abuse and that UK Retailers did not Move to the Island to Avoid VAT

Richard Allen spokesperson for RAVAS confronted Deputy Carla McNulty Bauer Minister for  Commerce and Employment in Guernsey who worked in the Fulfilment industry and was involved in HMV’s move to the Island in 2004. During the exchange Deputy McNulty Bauer stated that she did not encourage companies to set up their internet operations in Guernsey…

UK Government Vows to Prevent the Abuse of LVCR “Regardless of the Location” as Channel Islands Blame other Jurisdictions for the Problem.

HM Treasury have tackled businesses and politicians in the Channel Islands who claim that the Islands are being ‘picked on’ by the UK Government. In a statement a UK Treasury official said  “The overwhelming majority of cases where companies are deliberately supplying goods from outside the EU to UK consumers in order to benefit from…

Guernsey Retailers Threaten Legal Challenge to UK’s ‘Discriminatory’ Removal of LVCR

A group of retailers headed by a Health supplement mail order company is threatening to take the UK Government to Judicial review over the removal of LVCR from the Channel Islands. It is not understood exactly what the challenge would be but since the UK not only has the option to allow or disallow LVCR but also…

Channel Island VAT Loophole Finally Closes

RAVAS, welcomes the Coalition Government’s action to remove the European import relief that underpins the VAT avoidance arrangement known as ‘The VAT Loophole’. The Channel Islands mail order industry has been enjoying an unfair advantage for many years, an advantage reliant upon the avoidance of VAT that has been facilitated by the exploitation of an…

LVCR drops to £15 but there are more changes to come….

Today LVCR dropped to £15 from £18 from all non-EU destinations into the UK. However this measure is not the end of the story, as some commentators have suggested. Firstly anyone in offshore mail order will know that whilst a drop to £15 is an inconvenience it still allows most products to enter the UK VAT free…

6th of December 2011 could see Final LVCR Announcement as Jersey Minister Accepts Concept of Level Playing Field

Jersey Treasury Minister Phillip Ozouf has commented on the impending further changes to LVCR  which are expected to be announced in George Osborne’s pre budget statement on the 6th of December 2011.  Stating to the BBC politics show that the Island needs to “ be building businesses which benefit Jersey but are also not harmful to the…

Major LVCR Retailers Sell Up as UK Government Prepares to Deal Final Blow to LVCR Abuse.

A recent article in the Mail On Sunday confirmed that the drop in LVCR to £15 is far from the final measures that the UK Government intends to introduce to combat the abuse of LVCR.  The sudden sale of Play.com for a relatively small amount of money, the sale of moonpig.com the failure of thehut.com to float…

Channel Island VAT Loophole To Close Within a Year

According to an article in the Daily Telegraph the EU has told the UK that the Channel Islands VAT Loophole is an abuse of EU law and that the UK is within its legal rights to act and abolish the “abusive and restrictive” trade specifically emanating from The Channel Islands.  It predicts action by the end of…

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