These two half-day courses are the essential primer for staff who are new to VAT and provide an introduction to the basic principles. It covers the specific issues faced by local authorities, including the ability to identify situations where VAT may be an issue. Each topic is clearly explained, with the use of case studies and exercises to reinforce key points. The topics likely to be covered in the course include:

Introduction to VAT: The Essentials – Part 1

  • What is VAT?
  • Legislation and guidance
  • How VAT works?
  • Activities and VAT rates
  • Special rules for the Public Sector
  • Reclaiming VAT on expenditure
  • Buying from outside the UK

Introduction to VAT: The Essentials – Part 2

  • VAT on income
  • Complex activities
  • Time of supply (tax points)
  • Value of supply
  • Partial exemption
  • What can go wrong?

Please note that this is not a definitive list of topics to be covered, and is subject to variation depending on recent developments.

The course would benefit those staff who:

  • are new to VAT but need a foundation on which to build their knowledge
  • deal with issues that have significant VAT implications (e.g. capital accountants, lawyers, surveyors)
  • have a ad-hoc involvement with VAT – e.g. raise/process invoices, allocate miscellaneous income
  • have senior management responsibility for the VAT function

The cost of each training course is £210 plus VAT for PSTAX Club subscribers and £250 plus VAT per course for other delegates. There is a 10% discount for more than one booking.

Book Parts 1 & 2 for £378 plus VAT for Subscribers and £450 plus VAT for non-subscribers.

If you book and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please email

Please confirm your bookings as soon as possible. If you wish to train more than six staff you may like to consider an in-house training course.