Welcome to Runciman Hughes Associates (RHA)

 VAT & Customs Duty Specialists

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 "We aim to bring to the smaller business the experience gained at international level at an affordable price."


Specialising in

all areas of VAT
& Customs Duty



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My aim is to reduce the VAT burden by the maximum permitted amount.  A VAT audit is not just working out the applicable VAT rate, but where it applies and if in relation to a non UK transaction any subsequent action required i.e reverse charge of services, import & export reporting (goods).


I have over thirty years of tax and accountancy experience, from working in accountancy practices (the profession) as a humble audit clerk to a Tax Advisor/Manager (Direct & Indirect).  I have also worked in the finance department of well known manufactures, auction houses and an airline.

  • Christies Auction House
  • Christies Education
  • Christies Fine Art Security Services
  • Christies Wine
  • Spink Auction House/Dealers
  • Philips Electronics
  • Duracell Batteries
  • Gillette Group
  • Caledonian Airways
  • Golden Lion Travel

I have specialised in VAT & Customs since 1993, and have great enjoyment working with HMRC to change where possible the VAT Notices to reflect the “reality” of working practices.  I also believe that trade should not be suppressed by borders. 


Do not let the fear of paperwork involved in intra EU trading or import and export of goods and services restrict your trade.  Let RHA advise and assist you.


Now I want RHA to work with you in filling the knowledge and experience gap that has to be ‘bought in’ by your accountant.”


 Ann Hughes, Managing Director

Member of Federation

Of Small Business

ACITA - The UK association for International Trade Institute of Export

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