Tribunal tells adoption society it must charge VAT for service

A Reading adoption society which provides home studies of
potential adopters has been told it should charge VAT because the
service is provided for adults and not for the welfare of

Parents and Children Together (Pact) lost a VAT tribunal this
week, which ruled the recipients of the home service were “the
prospective adopters, not the children”.

The society had argued that the service represented a welfare
service for children and therefore should be exempt from the VAT

After the tribunal ruling, spokesperson for the adoption society
Yvette Gayford said: “At a time when the government is seeking to
make adoption easier, is this really an example of the joined-up
thinking we are led to believe is taking place today?”

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