Entering new domestic markets, expanding globally or joining international supply chains means dealing with complex indirect tax regimes.

You need to stay on top of indirect tax. Unexpected liabilities, errors, and assessments can lead to expensive interest and penalties.

More jurisdictions are removing registration thresholds and compelling non-resident businesses to register for local VAT. 

The UK’s departure from the European Union also continues to bring challenges: complying with the rules of individual member states now requires detailed local knowledge. 

We understand these complexities and are here to help.

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  • Global scale
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    Supporting you fully with agile approaches to VAT, case law, and compliance systems.
  • Technical expertise
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    Delivering in-depth knowledge attuned to complex, ever-changing challenges.
  • Global scale
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    Managing your global indirect tax risk through our international network.

Why Grant Thornton

You'll benefit from a strong, long-term relationship with a team that invests in understanding your business and brings fresh thinking to your problems.

Everyone has a broad understanding of common challenges, but we can always call on the services of specialist advisers. Guidance is always tailored to fit your needs.

We're committed to providing agile solutions that help you achieve your indirect tax goals.

Standard or zero rating in the food and beverage sector

The challenge
In the food and beverage sector, VAT law is complex and outdated. Businesses have to decide whether their products are standard rated or zero rated.
The solution
HMRC’s guidance can be confusing and inconsistent between similar products. This can lead to many disputes about the correct VAT liability, which is where we come in.
The result
We have helped five clients take disputed decisions to the First Tier Tribunal, and won all these appeals in favour of our clients.


The team's in-depth knowledge and expertise of the intricacies of VAT on food products has proved an invaluable asset to our business.

Andrew Lee Finance Director, Global by Nature Limited
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