Yearly Archives: 2010

The Human Cost of VAT Avoidance ….

RAVAS has had a letter of support from Graham Jones who wrote the excellent and best selling book Last Shop Standing about the demise of the independent record retailer in the UK. It makes sobering reading : Dear RAVAS My name is Graham Jones and I am the author of the bestselling book ‘Last Shop […]

How to set up VAT free mail order in The Channel Islands

We are often told by UK politicians and civil servants that  LVCR  ‘exploitation’ is under control and that companies are being prevented from setting up offshore as a result of policies that have been put in place on The Channel Islands. Indeed RAVAS holds letters from the head of HMRC and UK Ministers saying exactly that.   But the […]

HMV close flagship Oxford Street store and continue to undercut their own shops online.

HMV who set up HMV.com in Guernsey in 2005 and since then have consistently undercut their own stores by charging low VAT free prices on HMV.com,  have announced that they are closing one of their flagship London Stores on Oxford Street,  a landmark in UK music retail. Frankly as the only Channel Island VAT free […]

Channel Island Retailers bend the rules on postage to gain a further VAT free advantage

As any UK mail order company will know VAT must be charged on both the postage and the value of the goods if an item is sent from the UK to a UK (EU) customer. However correspondence we have seen between a member of RAVAS and HMRC has confirmed that whilst only the value of the goods is taken […]

UK and CI Ebay and Amazon retailers cue up to exploit LVCR

UK and Channel Island Retailers on Ebay and Amazon are now using Channel Island fulfilment operations to avoid VAT increasing the already huge LVCR VAT losses for the UK. One Guernsey based car part retailer is selling 40,000 items a month which at £10 an average order equates to £70,000 a month in avoided VAT (at 17.5%). […]

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