VAT: Agency Arrangements for Yoga

This Content Was Last Updated on March 10, 2024 by Jessica Garbett


A source of confusion and upset can be when a non VAT registered yoga teacher runs a course from a VAT registered studio on a split revenue basis.

The issue arises when expectations vary on whether the split will be pre or post VAT.

For Example:

  • A workshop is being run which brings in gross revenue of £10,000. The studio hosting is having 40% and the teacher 60%.
  • Suppose the studio is VAT registered, and the teacher is not.  There are two choices as to how the proceeds split
  • If the split 60:40 is worked out on the gross £10,000 then the studio receives £4,000 and the teacher £6,000.  The studio has to pay VAT of £1,667 (on £10,000) on its share, leaving it with £2,333
  • If the split is worked out after VAT, then from £10,000 £1,667 is deducted and the net £8,333 split 60:40.  The teacher receives £5,000, the studio £3,333.
  • Arrangements like this need to be properly documented to avoid disappointment – we’ve been consulted a number of times by Yoga Teachers disappointed to be receiving a split after VAT


Disclosed Agency

A way to resolve this problem is to work with a “Disclosed Agency” – this means

  • The studio discloses publicly it is acting as agent for the teacher.  It doesn’t have to disclose the percentage split
  • This disclosure must be prominent in booking information and receipts
  • With a disclosed agency the Studio only pays vat on its share of the revenue

Using the example from above:

  • Gross revenue £10,000 – £4,000 studio, £6,000 teacher
  • Studio pays VAT on £4,000 rather than £10.000
  • VAT liability is £667.  Studio nets £3,333.  Teacher £6,000



In situations like this its important terms are agreed before the workshop is run, and both parties are clear about how vat works, preferably by exchange of letters / emails:

  • Percentage Splits
  • Whether these are on post VAT or pre VAT income
  • Whether a disclosed agency is being run
  • How costs of the event are being split

If the agency is not disclosed – it is then undisclosed – and the treatment is as per the first example


Case Study

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