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Managing VAT in the Performing Arts

5 October 2023 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

Learn how to handle common VAT issues that arise in the performing arts sector

Course Overview

This seminar will provide specialist advice on VAT issues affecting the performing arts sector. It is intended to provide you with practical guidance on issues faced by the performing arts on a regular basis.

Suitable For:

Finance personnel and senior management in performing arts organisations who deal with VAT on a regular basis and would like to increase their understanding of relevant VAT issues.

Course Outline

The session will explore:

  • Common VAT issues arising in the sector, such as the VAT treatment of different sources of income
  • How to determine the recoverability of VAT on expenditure, pitfalls to watch out for in production agreements
  • Compliance issues in respect of overseas productions and services received from overseas suppliers
  • Tips on improving your level of input VAT recovery if you have exempt or non-business activities
  • There will be plenty of scope for more general discussion on issues raised by delegates.

Learning Outcomes

Have a sound working knowledge of the key VAT issues relevant to your organisation as well as an understanding of areas in which you can reduce VAT costs.


Kevin Cresswell is the founder of Value Added Consultancy which is the only practice in the UK with a dedicated specialism in VAT issues affecting theatres and production companies. His clients include over 60 cultural organisations throughout the UK. This enables him to draw on a deep level of practical experience and to use that pro-actively in bringing to you relevant issues that he has previously encountered with other similar organisations. He was previously an indirect taxes partner at Deloitte for 13 years and during this time he developed a particular interest in the cultural sector, which led to his involvement in several leading cases which influenced the treatment of VAT on cultural services in the UK. He is also a regular speaker on VAT issues affecting the sector. This all helps him to maintain a strong insight from which to optimise your VAT position.


This is a hybrid course. The trainer will be attending in-person at Rose Street. There are a number of tickets available to attend in-person and a number of live online places available for those who can’t attend in-person.

EARLYBIRD – UK Theatre & SOLT Members can book before 13 April 2023*

Refunds and Cancellations

You can cancel up until 10 working days prior to the course, and receive a full refund (not including Eventbrite Fee’s, which are non-refundable). Any cancellations after this will not be refunded, but tickets can be transferred to a future course up to one year later. For full terms, please see the section below.

Terms and Conditions

By registering for this course, you agree that you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions. Read the Terms and Conditions.

Accessibility Information

If you are attending in-person, please visit the UK Theatre Accessibility page on our website for detailed information.

  • Attendees who require a Carer or Personal Assistant to accompany them on the course can book a free Carer ticket by emailing events@soltukt.co.uk.
  • Ramp access at ground floor level (there is otherwise one step into the building).
  • Reception and conference rooms are located on the first floor of the building. This can be accessed by the lift or via 25 stairs. Accessible toilets are available on the first and second floors.
  • Assistance Dogs welcome throughout the building and to all events – the nearest park is Jubilee Gardens (by Embankment tube station – a 7 minute walk).
  • Hearing loop systems are available in the meeting and conference rooms.
  • Regular breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.
  • If you are attending online, closed captions will be enabled on screen.

Please email events@soltukt.co.uk if you have any additional access needs or questions.


5 October 2023
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
£80.00 – £125.00


UK Theatre

SOLT & UK Theatre

32 Rose Street
London, England WC2E 9ET United Kingdom
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