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Mid Suffolk: Council loses bid to claim back thousands in VAT from off-street parking

PUBLISHED: 10:11 13 November 2012

Council cannot claim back VAT

Council cannot claim back VAT

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A COUNCIL has lost out on a bid to claim tens of thousands of pounds back from the government’s tax authorities.

Mid Suffolk Council was one of four councils across the country that had challenged HM Revenue and Customs’s claim that it was entitled to VAT on off-street car parking spaces.

The court case was led by the Isle of Wight council, but was backed by West Berkshire, South Tyneside, and Mid Suffolk.

Had the claim been successful, councils across the country would have been able to claim back VAT receipts – some dating back to the introduction of the tax in 2003.

A spokeswoman for Mid Suffolk said there should be no impact on council tax bills because the lawyers had taken the case on the basis of “no win no fee.”

The Isle of Wight council had led the legal action, which was eventually decided at the European Court of Justice.

An appeal to a higher court has not be ruled out – meaning that the case that has been rumbling on since the year 2000 has still not ended.

A toddler has been rushed to hospital after a serious crash in Barningham this morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses after three women had their purses stolen from supermarkets in the Ipswich and Martlesham areas on Tuesday.

Callum Connolly and Dominic Iorfa visited East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices shop in Ipswich today to help launch the Bag It, Bring It Boost It campaign.

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner is proposing an increase in the force’s council tax precept of 6.8% – which will add an average of £12 a year to the overall council tax bill of each household in the county.

The resignation of the region’s ambulance trust’s medical director has been announced just a day after it was alleged 20 people died waiting for help whilst the service was stretched.

Paramedics treated two women for minor injuries after a crash in west Suffolk this morning.

A landlord who had tenants living in an overcrowded Tiptree flat with mould and poor sanitation has been ordered to pay more than £10,000.

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