Travel Tax Briefing – London

    23 October 2019
  • Venue:
    Grant Thornton
  • Location:
    30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
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ABTA’s new Travel Tax Briefing will provide a comprehensive update on the latest tax issues facing finance departments within travel companies of all sizes. Stay up to date with changes in the world of tax and discuss solutions for your business. 

About the event

Featuring sessions spanning VAT, corporation and employment taxes, this key event will address practical tax issues affecting businesses. Tailored for travel, get the latest on the hot topics facing businesses including VAT TOMS, international tax, Making Tax Digital (MTD), IR35 and entrepreneurs’ relief.  

From April 2020, medium and large companies will be responsible for determining whether their non-payroll employees, including contractors, fall within the scope of IR35 legislation and are liable to pay a higher rate of tax. Ensure you are up to speed on what’s required of your business and are prepared for the changes ahead.

Discuss the implications for tax as we prepare to exit the EU at the end of October. Take a timely look at how Brexit may affect VAT TOMS with the content being tailored to reflect the ongoing negotiations.

Ensure that you are complying with the requirements of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme and get practical guidance from the experts.

The briefing will run from 10:30-15:40 and will be followed by a short drinks reception. Receive an update on the ‘hot topics’ facing the travel industry in the morning. Network and discuss how these updates affect your businesses over lunch and learn how to address changes during an in-depth practical case study in the afternoon. Refreshments will be included throughout the day.


  • The key tax issues and challenges facing travel businesses 
  • Corporation tax; R&D relief, entrepreneur’s relief, international tax including digital tax, establishment overseas, transfer pricing and offshore receipts 
  • VAT update; Making Tax Digital, VAT TOMS
  • Employment taxes; IR35 and non-payroll employees, global mobility update, apprenticeships levy
  • Practical demonstration of how tax issues apply to travel businesses and common solutions 
  • An update on Brexit and the possible implication of ongoing negotiations on tax


  • Moderator: Carolyn Watson, Director of Finance and Resources, ABTA
  • Yvonne Chappell, Head of Travel, Tourism and Leisure, Grant Thornton
  • David Wood, VAT, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Franklin Mac, VAT, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Justin Rix, Head of People Advisory, Grant Thornton
  • Bethan Gill, Talent Solutions Associate Director, Grant Thornton
  • Jonathan Smith, Head of Media and PR, ABTA

Benefits of attending

  • Improve your understanding of the current tax issues facing travel businesses and prepare for changes ahead including TOMS and Brexit
  • Get guidance on how to address key challenges through a practical travel case study 
  • Put your questions directly to travel tax experts and get solutions for your business
  • Network with peers and speakers during lunch and a post-event drinks reception

Who should attend?

The event is ideal for large and SME companies within the travel industry, including the following:

  • CEOs and directors
  • Finance directors, financial controllers and finance managers
  • Finance, tax and commercial teams.

This event is open to ABTA Members, non-Members and the wider travel industry.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £225 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £345 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.

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.

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Event partner 

Grant Thornton in the UK is part of a global organisation and is a leading business advisor to more than 40,000 clients. We sit at the heart of the growth agenda with a bold purpose to shape a vibrant economy by building trust and integrity in markets, unlocking growth in dynamic organisations, and creating environments where businesses and people thrive. Grant Thornton is committed to working with the leisure, travel and tourism sector to ensure its future productivity, growth and sustainable long term future.


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