About Us

VATworld is a new spin-off from John McCabe Associates. The latter was set up to provide sole proprietors and small businesses with the kind of research and consultancy generally only available from the top firms. It recognises that small businesses may either be unable to access such services or just do not have the budget. So John McCabe Associates exists for "the small people” at fee levels they can afford.

VATworld, however, specialises in Value Added Tax and the delivery of services to the accountancy and legal professions. VATworld draws upon a number of specialists to deliver services. But the founder has a unique place and experience in VAT having been directly involved in its introduction to the United Kingdom on 1st April 1973.

In his time in HM Customs and Excise he was involved in the VAT treatment of the following sectors:

  • education
  • local authorities (including negotiations with CIPFA)
  • privatisation of water authorities
  • land and property
  • finance, insurance, the commodities markets and LIFFE

In his time in the Price Waterhouse International Tax Consultancy he was involved in the following sectors:

  • finance
  • insurance
  • banking
  • terminal markets
  • Canary Wharf
  • Exports, imports and EU cross border transactions

With John McCabe Associates he has been involved with small businesses in a variety of sectors and is very proud of the time he spent with the Royal College of Music analysing their activities, developing a partial exemption method and securing a substantial VAT refund.