Livery businesses are particularly difficult to structure from a tax perspective and it is advised that owners should spend time reviewing agreements with their clients on a regular basis to ensure that they are being as tax efficient as possible. This is in order to qualify for VAT exemptions and inheritance tax relief.
One reason why it is important to do this is because livery services can be exempt from VAT if structured correctly which means there will be no chargeable VAT to customers.
How does this work?
For the whole supply to be VAT-exempt, livery owners will need to offer their clients:
- A ‘grant of an exclusive right’ or a ‘licence to the specific stable’
- Ancillary care elements
In addition to this livery owners will need to ensure that an option to tax election has not been made over the stables. Where the exclusive right or license is granted first and foremost. The VAT position will not be affected by the level of care provided. It is important to note that this only applies to specialist yards including stud farms, racehorse stables and schooling stables.
If your asset qualifies for business property relief, 100% inheritance tax relief will be available.
How do livery owners qualify for business property relief?
If livery owners only offer grazing agreements and horse owners take full responsibility for their horses then your business will not qualify for business property relief because this is viewed as a passive activity. However, if your business offers additional services such as health checks and feeding etc, then it is more likely that your business will qualify for the relief. If you would like to find out more about business property relief please visit: https://www.gov.uk/business-relief-inheritance-tax
How can we help?
At Hawsons our experts will be able to advise you on your livery business and how you could take advantage of these VAT and inheritance tax reliefs.
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