Introduction to VAT for local councils

Introduction to VAT for local councils

This session, for clerks, finance staff and councillors who wish to develop their knowledge, explains how VAT affects local councils. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Event date Tue 6 Apr 2021 10:00
Event Ends Tue 6 Apr 2021 11:30
Registered 1
Available places 0
Notes £30 to Member Councils
Speaker Steve Parkinson
Location Online
Event Categories Finance Training

Event full.

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Topics include:

  • how VAT law applies to local councils
  • where to find the law and guidance
  • 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
  • Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

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
  • Be aware of activities that require special attention

This is an interactive session

you will need a device with a reasonable screen size such as a PC, laptop or tablet to be able to participate fully.


1 CPD Points

Record of attendance at training events is required when applying for the Local Council Awards Scheme

Session leader

Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

There will be Members in attendance from other Associations. WALC personnel may not be present.


£30.00 per delegate for Member Councils

Non-member fee £60.00

Help with Delegate’s Fees

WALC will subsidise member councils

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



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 5 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

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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.