VAT registration and training with English UK
30 April 2012

Here at English UK we are always looking to offer the widest range of relevant training opportunities to our members. As part of this commitment we are developing closer links with our sister association, Study UK, to give our members improved access to any of their training events that may be of interest to you. The first such event is taking place on Thursday 17 May 2012.

Study UK has teamed up with leading professional services firm, Deloitte LLP, to explore a hot topic that may have a significant impact on all institutions that use overseas educational agents: whether VAT is payable on their commission fees. We'll take a look at the evolving situation with HMRC and provide best-practice advice to help you prepare.

This event is recommended for all financial managers at any UK education provider that:

(i) considers that its supplies of education are exempt from VAT; and
(ii) receives services from any non-UK based persons (e.g. overseas agents).  

Potential VAT registration & UK VAT liability?

Many UK education providers are not registered for VAT, on the basis that their supplies of education qualify for VAT exemption. However, where UK based education providers receive services from outside the UK, this may trigger a UK VAT registration requirement, as well as generating a VAT cost in the UK.

Examples of such services are those received from overseas agents. This is because, as the recipient of the services, the UK education provider will, in most cases, be required to self-account for UK VAT on the supplies received. This in itself can trigger a VAT registration liability and generate a VAT cost.


With this in mind, leading professional services firm, Deloitte LLP, is hosting a seminar in association with Study UK to explore these issues.

In particular, the seminar will cover the following:

•    VAT registration  - the rules
•    Services from outside the UK
•    Supplies by overseas agents
•    Impact on UK education providers
•    HMRC's position
•    Recent developments


Date: Thursday 17 May 2012
Venue: Deloitte, Stonecutter Court, Stonecutter Street, London EC4A 4TR
Schedule: 11:30am – 3:30pm

Delegate fee: £49 for Study UK and English UK members, £79 for non-members.


Places for the event are limited, so if you would like to attend please complete the attached booking form and submit to Study UK via email (, fax (020 7608 7961) or post to:

Study UK, 219 St John Street, London, WC1V 4LY

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