Welcome to Barrie Scott & Co

Are You?

  • Struggling with your tax return?
  • Looking for an accountant who will help you make more profit and pay less tax?
  • Starting out in business?

We can help. Barrie Scott & Co is a firm of Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors with offices in Falkirk and Bathgate. We offer audit, accounts, and taxation services together with business support and advisory services to a wide range of owner managed businesses, clubs, associations, charities and individuals.

We work hard to get to know you in order to deliver timely individual advice tailored to your specific needs.

To find out more about how we can help you and your business click here for an overview of our services. To find out more about us click here. To access a wealth of information visit our resource centre or view our free factsheets.


Charity Fundraiser - Strathcarron Hospice

As part of our celebrations to mark Barrie Scott & Co completing forty years in business we have entered a team in the Ben Nevis Challenge on 20th June 2015.

Our team of four will climb Ben Nevis then cycle 15 miles to Loch Lochy where we get in to canoes and paddle 2 miles before cycling 10 miles back to the finishing line.

We would be most appreciative if you support this endeavour by making a donation to Strathcarron Hospice. All participation expenses will be met by Barrie Scott & Co and donations will be match funded.

Our team is a mix of generations - Clive Scott (64), Jill McEwan (51), Craig Allison (32) and Alan Swords (21). Fitness training is well underway! We do hope that you are able to support this worthwhile cause. Thank you in anticipation.

We have set up a Just Giving page for donations with a target of £4,000.

Alternatively you may wish to send your donation made payable to “Strathcarron Hospice” to the office at 16-18 Weir Street, Falkirk, FK1 1RA.


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The current hot topic

VAT on vans

HMRC have issued a list of makes and models of car derived vans and combi vans which VAT registered businesses can use to determine if the VAT paid on the purchase can be reclaimed as input tax.

The issue is that VAT will normally be claimable in full on the purchase of a commercial vehicle.  However if the vehicle purchased is a passenger car VAT is not recoverable unless it is used 'exclusively for the purposes of a business'. Generally cars are therefore VAT 'blocked' and no input VAT is recoverable.

The VAT guidance states

Motor car means any motor vehicle of a kind normally used on public roads which has three or more wheels and either:

a) is constructed or adapted solely or mainly for the carriage of passengers; or

b) has to the rear of the driver's seat roofed accommodation which is fitted with side windows or which is constructed or adapted for the fitting of side windows

Whether or not a vehicle is commercial is not specifically defined but instead the definition of a car excludes:

  • vehicles capable of accommodating only one person or suitable for carrying twelve or more people including the driver
  • vehicles of more than three tonnes unladen weight;
  • caravans, ambulances and prison vans
  • special purpose vehicles such as ice cream vans, mobile shops, hearses, bullion vans and breakdown and recovery vehicles
  • vehicles constructed to carry a payload of one tonne or more.

Many car-derived vans are not cars for VAT purposes as they have no rear seats, have metal side panels to the rear of the front seats and a load area which is highly unsuitable for carrying passengers etc.

HMRC have issued the clarification due to developments in the car-derived van market as some vehicles with a payload of less than one tonne, have 'blurred' the distinction between cars and vans.

If you would like help with this or any other VAT issue please contact us.