A Complete Guide to VAT and TOMS in Travel – London

    19 September 2019
  • Venue:
    ABTA Ltd
  • Location:
    30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ
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ABTA’s one-day seminar will give you a comprehensive guide to what this means and how TOMS VAT is calculated. The seminar will look at how Brexit may affect TOMS with the content being tailored to reflect the ongoing negotiations.

About the event

The Tour Operators Margin Scheme (TOMS) is an EU wide simplification measure that protects tour operators from having to register for VAT in every member state in which they operate. If your business buys-in and re-sells travel, accommodation and certain other travel services as a principal to a consumer within the EU, then you have to use the TOMS to account for your VAT.

This event will give you an overall understanding of VAT in travel before looking in detail at TOMS itself where delegates will hear about the importance of TOMS and what the current legal issues regarding TOMS are.


  • How does VAT apply to travel and the framework within which VAT is applied 
  • What will the impact of Brexit be on TOMS
  • Agent/principal contracting with an introduction to the Med Hotels, Hotels4U and Opodo cases
  • The legal and practical implications of the Med Hotels case 
  • How to calculate TOMS – practical exercises
  • ABTA’s work around VAT and the current issues ABTA is working on


Moderator: Carolyn Watson, Director of Finance and Resources, ABTA
David Bennett,
VAT Consultant, Elman Wall Bennett
Laura Chipp, 
Associate Director – Head of VAT, Elman Wall


Benefits of attending

  • Take part in two practical exercises to fully understand how TOMS is calculated
  • Get invaluable perspectives from the experts on how TOMS will be affected by Brexit 
  • Hear about the work that ABTA does around VAT and how this can help your travel business 
  • Network with peers and hear about the finance issues your industry colleagues are facing 

Who should attend?

Finance teams within large and small tour operators. This event is open to ABTA Members, non-Members and the wider travel industry.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rate* – £235 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £355 plus VAT



Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
(This discount will be automatically applied when you book online.)

If you are looking to book for a larger group please contact for a bespoke discount.

Please note discounts cannot be combined.

Other information

Non-Members are welcome to attend. For information about becoming a Member click here.

View our booking terms and conditions here.

You can make payment by credit or debit card. UK VAT will be applied. ABTA Members can also request an invoice.

*To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

Event sponsorship

Event partner

Elman Wall Bennett is a consultancy focused on travel VAT run by David Bennett. David is a VAT consultant specialising in the travel sector.  David advises a broad range of tour operators and travel agents on TOMS and other matters such as the VAT place of supply rules. David has represented ABTA on the Fiscal Committee of ECTAA since 2000.  This has involved extensive work on issues such as the Commission’s proposals for reform of TOMS. David has been instrumental in the establishment of TTL Net, a network of VAT advisors specialising in the travel sector.  TTL Net now has consultants in 19 member states plus Switzerland and Iceland.


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"Overall an excellent introduction to VAT within the travel industry, the presenters did a fantastic job in terms of delivering the subjects. Found the practical questions very insightful with detailed explanations."
Wayne Mchean
ST&H Limited
"A very useful day relevant for a wide audience."
Emma Sullivan
Secret Escapes
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