Tim Buss

Tim has been involved with VAT since 1973. He joined HM Customs & Excise (“Customs”) in May 1973, shortly after the introduction of VAT in the UK. He worked as a visiting VAT inspector and as a classroom trainer. Tim left Customs in 1989 and joined accountants PKF as a VAT Consultant responsible for all aspects of VAT. He was appointed director of VAT in 1998. In October 2005, Tim left PKF to set up his own VAT consultancy and training company. In addition to presenting various training courses Tim is a consultant to a number of accountancy firms and other businesses. He has represented clients in a number of VAT Tribunal cases. These include: Croydon Hotel & Leisure Co concerning the right to deduct VAT where a supplier has not accounted for output tax. SEH Holdings Ltd which related to the disapplication of an option to tax on a public house sale and forced HMRC to change its policy. Tim has succeeded in sustaining arguments on behalf of clients with HMRC including several issues regarding the evidence to support input tax deduction and evidence of movement of goods from the UK. Tim regularly writes and lectures on a range of VAT topics. In 2005 he wrote a book on VAT and Property Transactions. He was a Council member and for three years was director of education of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. He was responsible for the entrance examination. Tim  is currently an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation following a merger of the two institutes.  

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