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    • PingPong
    • By PingPong 16th Sep 17, 7:39 PM
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    VAT taken off refundable deposit?
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    • 16th Sep 17, 7:39 PM
    VAT taken off refundable deposit? 16th Sep 17 at 7:39 PM
    Hi,

    We got married this summer and we paid the venue a £600 refundable damage deposit, with the idea being that you get your £600 back if you don't damage the venue.... or so I thought!

    We've just had it returned to us, but only got £500 back, because they've taken 20% VAT off..... is this right??

    It just doesn't seem right to me somehow, but I can't find info anywhere on whether they can do this?

    Any ideas?

    ~Ping
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    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 16th Sep 17, 8:25 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:25 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:25 PM
    You pay VAT on goods or services - this was neither, it was a deposit for damages so they definitely shouldn't be refunding minus vat.

    Even if it was for goods or services, if you were entitled to a refund it would be a full refund - not minus vat.
    Money doesn't solve poverty.....it creates it.
    • PingPong
    • By PingPong 16th Sep 17, 8:33 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:33 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:33 PM
    If this is the case, any idea what I can do about it? They were a fantastic venue overall, but after what we paid them in total(!!!!) I'm a bit miffed at this on top.....
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 16th Sep 17, 8:48 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:48 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:48 PM
    Well personally, I'd start by asking them why they have charged vat and ask them to return it.

    Have you already done this? If so, what was their response?
    Money doesn't solve poverty.....it creates it.
    • PingPong
    • By PingPong 17th Sep 17, 10:18 AM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 10:18 AM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 10:18 AM
    Well personally, I'd start by asking them why they have charged vat and ask them to return it.

    Have you already done this? If so, what was their response?
    Originally posted by unholyangel
    No, I didn't know if it was normal/okay/accepted thing to do, so I didn't want to look like an !!! by questioning them!
    • photome
    • By photome 17th Sep 17, 10:28 AM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 10:28 AM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 10:28 AM
    In that case when you ask they may say sorry it was mistake and return the £100

    lets hope so
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 17th Sep 17, 12:51 PM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 12:51 PM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 12:51 PM
    Dear Venue,
    We had a lovely time at our wedding on 12th Summer this year, and I'd particularly like to thank Joe Schmo who was very welcoming and professional. Please also pass on our thanks to the catering staff!

    I would just like to point out a small oversight by your accounts team. You have incorrectly deducted VAT from my deposit return - please send the £100 difference as I am sure you realise a returned deposit shouldn't have VAT deducted.

    Once again thanks for a great day etc
    • vikingaero
    • By vikingaero 17th Sep 17, 4:12 PM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 4:12 PM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 4:12 PM
    Be interested to hear if this is a genuine mistake or a regular scam by the venue.
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 17th Sep 17, 7:05 PM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 7:05 PM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 7:05 PM
    20% of £600 is £120 so they haven't taken 20% VAT off at all...
    Make two - and freeze one!
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    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 17th Sep 17, 7:17 PM
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    20% of £600 is £120 so they haven't taken 20% VAT off at all...
    Originally posted by Valli
    The £600 includes the 20% VAT. £120 would be the amount of VAT charged if the price was £600 excluding VAT. You need to divide by 120%/1.2 if working backwards from price including VAT.
    Money doesn't solve poverty.....it creates it.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 17th Sep 17, 7:31 PM
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    I'm cross with myself now because I knew that. Thanks!
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
    DEBT ATTACK - Debts to attack 1-£6150.87 24/04/2017 £5303.03 22/07/2017 BT -
    £5342.65
    2 Virgin CC £585.88 31/7/2017 £494.88 11/8/2017
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 17th Sep 17, 7:53 PM
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    I'm cross with myself now because I knew that. Thanks!
    Originally posted by Valli
    We all have off days
    Money doesn't solve poverty.....it creates it.
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