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VAT Business/Non-Business Manual

Legal history: cases about section 94(2) activities

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Eric Taylor Testimonial Match Committee VTD 139

The Eric Taylor (deceased) Testimonial Match Committee arranged a one-off football match. To raise funds for the deceased’s family spectators were charged for admission to the ground.

The organisation of the match did not amount to a business activity in the ordinary sense of the word. However, the tribunal found that it was business for VAT purposes. This was by virtue of section 45(1)(d) of the Finance Act 1972, now section 94(2)(b) of the VAT Act 1994.