An Introduction to VAT for Local Councils

An Introduction to VAT for Local Councils

This session explains how VAT affects local councils, with practical exercises to help develop your understanding and is suitable for Clerks, Finance Officers, councillors on finance committees and councillors who wish to develop their knowledge in this area. 

Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Event date Tue 26 Mar 2019 9:30 am
Event Ends Tue 26 Mar 2019 1:00 pm
Registered 14
Registration closes Wed 20 Mar 2019 8:00 am
Notes £30 to member councils
Speaker Steve Parkinson
Location Burton Green Village Hall

9.00 am - 9.30 am


and refreshments

9.30 am - 1.30 pm

Session overview

This session explains how VAT affects local councils, with practical exercises to help develop your understanding. Topics include:

  • how VAT law applies to local councils
  • where to find the law and guidance
  • the difference between business and non-business activities
  • understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
  • when a council must register for VAT
  • when VAT can be reclaimed
  • Partial exemption
  • the VAT implications of building projects (including option to tax)
  • Reclaiming VAT

Session benefits

By the end of this session you will:

  • Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
  • Understand the key concepts of VAT
  • Know when a council can or can’t reclaim VAT
  • Recognise when a council must register for VAT
  • Be aware of activities that require special attention

You will earn

2 CPD Points

by attending this course


£30.00 per delegate for Member Councils

£60.00 per delegate for non-member councils these fees are low compared with other county associations and training providers

Help with Delegate’s Fees

WALC will subsidise member councils

Members with a budgeted income up to £15,000 will get half price for all delegates
Members with a budgeted income between £15,001 & £30,000 can send two for the price of one
Members with a budgeted income between £30,001 & £50,000 can send three for the price of two
Members with a budgeted income over £50,000 can send five for the price of four



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 7 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

Terms and Conditions of Registration

please read

The full terms and conditions of registration.


Parking is available at the venue


Steve Parkinson

The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years’ experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

More about Steve

Steve is an accountant with over 30 years of local government finance experience at county, district and town councils, serving as Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015. He has also worked for the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), a national charity and the (now disbanded) Audit Commission.

Steve was Chairman of the Joint Panel on Accounting Guidance (JPAG), which produces guidance for smaller authorities, from 2013 to 2017 and he is widely recognised for his knowledge of local council finance and VAT.

A Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) since 1996, Steve has been involved in financial training for over 20 years. He became an AAT Licensed Accountant and started his own accountancy practice in 2015.

The Parkinson Partnership LLP

The Parkinson Partnership LLP provides specialist advice on VAT and other financial matters for parish, town and community councils in England and Wales. We offer friendly, practical advice, affordable consultancy and bespoke training for staff and councillors. We have advised more than 80 clients since 2015, including several multi-million pound projects.

We also provide quality financial training in more than twenty county areas, usually through county associations of local councils. Our accountants are a former Town Clerk and a serving councillor who is a former VAT inspector - we understand local councils.

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