Topic: VAT on swimming lessons
My client, currently runs a swimming school as a sole trader providing swimming lessons to both children and adults. Some lessons are delivered personally, with the balance from lessons supplied by two swimming teachers who are employed by my client on an hourly basis. His total turnover is approaching the VAT threshold and I am wondering if he need to register for VAT.
In addition i need to find out if swimming lessons are VAT exempt services given that swimming is part of the National Curriculum. But i also understand that my client is not an eligible body yet the majority of my clients' competitors who run swimming schools and are not eligible bodies are not VAT registered.
My client also sells swimming merchandise - does this also qualify for exemption if applicable.
Your help will be greatly appreciated.