Howard Watkinson

Howard Watkinson

Year of call: 2006
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Howard has a significant indirect tax practice, specialising in VAT, excise and other customs duties. Howard’s tax practice sees him regularly instructed in the Tax Tribunals and Administrative Court.

Howard has advised on and appeared in cases concerning: penalties, personal liability notices, protective costs orders, the default surcharge regime, VAT treatment of charities, zero rating of construction supplies, VAT applicable to clothing, the impact of human rights on tax litigation, excise duties arising from failure to follow customs procedures and customs powers.

Recent cases:

Eynsham Cricket Club v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs [2021] EWCA Civ 225
The case was brought following HMRC’s ruling that the Club’s construction of a new cricket pavilion could not be zero-rated for VAT because, as a CASC, it could not benefit from the VAT relief provided specifically for charities.

Drummond v Revenue and Customs [2016] UKUT 221 (TCC)
The leading case on protective costs orders in the Tax Tribunals.

St George’s Augustinian Care v Revenue and Customs [2016] UKFTT 567 (TC)
Acting for HMRC in a case concerning the zero-rating treatment of the construction of a retirement village.

HMRC v Ebuyer & Citibank, Fonecomp [2015] EWCA Civ 39 and Davis and Dann Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 142
Acting for HMRC in the three civil MTIC fraud cases to have reached the Court of Appeal in recent years.

Acting for HMRC in a high-profile direct and indirect tax case arising out of a COP9 procedure.

Acting for HMRC in a case concerning one of the largest Personal Liability Notices ever issued to a company director.

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