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Virtual training: Travel VAT Training

    19 October 2021
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This virtual training day offers practical guidance on VAT in travel and a comprehensive update on travel VAT post-Brexit, including changes to TOMS.

Get the latest updates and practical guidance from travel tax specialists, Elman Wall Bennett and MacIntyre Hudson LLP.

About the event

Attend ABTA’s virtual training day to learn about the changes to the Tour Operators Margin Scheme (TOMS), solutions to common transition issues and how this will affect travel businesses going forward.

Consider your position as a UK tour operator and the potential VAT registration requirements in the member states. Learn about the EU VAT reform including the launch of the One-Stop-Shop EU VAT return and EU ecommerce package OSS.

Benefit from practical guidance and interactive sessions, ask your questions and discuss key points with tax experts.


  • Recap on updated UK TOMS 
  • The impact of Brexit on TOMS including transition issues and guidance 
  • Position for UK tour operators in other member states
  • EU VAT reform and the One-Stop-Shop EU VAT return
  • Practical exercises on the new TOMS and how VAT might work in other EU member states
  • Other travel VAT issues


David Bennett, VAT Consultant, Elman Wall Bennett

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David Bennett is a VAT consultant specialising in travel. In 2014, he set up his own consultancy Elman Wall Bennett, in conjunction with travel accountants Elman Wall, to specialise in VAT and travel. David advises a broad range of tour operators and travel agents on the implications of TOMS and other VAT matters. David also advises ABTA and represents the association on the Fiscal Committee of ECTAA (the Brussels based body representing European travel agents and tour operators). His role often involves discussing matters with HMRC’s Policy Unit.


Sue Rathmell, VAT Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

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Sue Rathmell is a VAT specialist with more than 25 years' experience of VAT. She joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in April 2017 and was made a partner in 2020. Sue heads up the Indirect Tax services in the Kent region. With experience with over 50’s tour operator Saga under her belt, Sue is a travel VAT specialist, helping tour operators understand the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme. Sue and her team have a portfolio of more than 100 travel clients including tour operators, travel agents, B2B travel specialists and MICE businesses.

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.


ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £125 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £175 plus VAT 

View our booking terms and conditions here.


  • 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.

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

*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 partners

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.

At MHA MacIntyre Hudson, our travel industry specialists understand the issues you are facing . We can help with the day-to-day running and strategic development of your business, helping you to plan effectively for the future. Alongside the usual audit, accounting, tax, advisory and compliance services you would expect, we can work with you on:

  • VAT accounting – including Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (TOMS) calculations
  • VAT compliance and tax and business advice in 145 countries around the world
  • Business planning, disposals and acquisitions
  • Employment tax issues and the engagement of workers
  • Licensing and protection support including ATOL, ABTA, IATA and TTA


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