The Independent Ambulance Association has reached out to HMRC on VAT liability for non-emergency patient transport vehicles.
Commenting, Alan Howson (IAA Executive Chairman) said:
“The Independent Ambulance Association is concerned about the different interpretation of the VAT liability for vehicles used to transport non-emergency patients by HMRC regional offices.
This is a fundamental issue for the sector that needs to be resolved. We have Members on either side of these differences, some being able to recover VAT, others not; in some instances, changes to previous decisions on VAT liability.
We have raised the potential consequences of these differences for independent ambulance providers with NHS England & Improvement, and the impact the differences may have on providing sustainable patient transport services, particularly at a time when the NHS is trying to return to normal services.
The Association would welcome the opportunity to meet with HMRC and find a resolution to the situation, one which will create a level playing field for all Providers and enable them to move on without risk to their businesses due to retrospective action being taken.”