VAT and Tax Advice Consultancy Service Leicester

VAT and Tax Advice Consultancy Service Leicester

Lot 1 VAT and Tax Helpline and Consultancy; Lot 2 Innovative VAT and Tax Ideas Service.

United Kingdom-Leicester: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2016/S 023-036925

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Leicester City Council
City Hall (4th Floor), 115 Charles Street
For the attention of: Mr Hussain Dakri
LE1 1FZ Leicester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1164546557
E-mail: hussain.dakri@leicester.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.leicester.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.leicester.gov.uk

Electronic access to information: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=6405bb8d-f7c8-e511-810c-000c29c9ba21

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=6405bb8d-f7c8-e511-810c-000c29c9ba21

Further information can be obtained from: Leicester City Council
City Hall (4th Floor), 115 Charles Street
For the attention of: Mr Hussain Dakri
LE1 1FZ Leicester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1164546557
E-mail: hussain.dakri@leicester.gov.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Leicester City Council
City Hall (4th Floor), 115 Charles Street
For the attention of: Mr Hussain Dakri
LE1 1FZ Leicester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1164546557
E-mail: hussain.dakri@leicester.gov.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Leicester City Council
City Hall (4th Floor), 115 Charles Street
For the attention of: Mr Hussain Dakri
LE1 1FZ Leicester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1164546557
E-mail: hussain.dakri@leicester.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

PAN0782 — VAT and Tax Advice Consultancy Service.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 6: Financial services a) Insurances services b) Banking and investment services

NUTS code UKF21

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Leicester City Council (the Authority) invites Tenders for the provision of VAT and Tax Advice Consultancy Services.
The Contract will be in 2 Lots:
Lot 1 VAT and Tax Helpline and Consultancy;
Lot 2 Innovative VAT and Tax Ideas Service.
Desired outcomes for the VAT and Tax Advice ‘Helpline’ and Support Consultancy Service:
— To support the VAT and Taxation Advice Office in its prime objective of ensuring the Authority’s compliance with its VAT and Tax obligations and responsibilities.
Desired outcomes for the Innovative VAT and Tax Ideas Service:
— To facilitate the Authority’s ability to take advantage of innovative ideas and opportunities to legitimately reduce its tax bill as and when such arise.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 66000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Leicester City Council (the Authority) invites Tenders for the provision of VAT and Tax Advice Consultancy Services.
The Contract will be in 2 Lots:
Lot 1 VAT and Tax Helpline and Consultancy;
Lot 2 Innovative VAT and Tax Ideas Service.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: VAT and Tax Advice Helpline and Consultancy Support

1)Short description

The VAT and Tax Advice ‘Helpline’ is to include the following:
— A telephone and e-mail helpline, able to answer straightforward VAT and tax queries immediately or to identify queries as being more complex and so necessitating more detailed consideration, which may result in further discussion or advice as appropriate to the subject matter. The telephone helpline should be available during normal office hours, as a minimum between 10:00 and 16:00. Email responses shall be provided within 1 working day.
Support Consultancy.
The Support Consultancy is to include:
— Written formal advice in response to specific, more complex, areas of VAT or tax referred by the Authority or arising out of helpline queries as agreed;
— Negotiation with HM Revenue and Customs on behalf of the Authority where deemed more expedient than direct correspondence by the Authority, this to include all best efforts to resolve disputes with the tax authorities;
— The handling of appeals against decisions by HM Revenue and Customs, including submissions to the Tax Tribunal, representing the Authority at such appeals and, where necessary, the pursuit of further appeals through the Courts;
— The provision of a general VAT and tax information service to assist the Authority in keeping abreast of developments in the field, such as a regular newsletter, ad-hoc written advice with respect to urgently needed information, client forums and conferences to share issues, etc.;
— The provision of training to employees of the Authority and such others as deemed appropriate by the Authority.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66171000

3)Quantity or scope

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Innovative VAT and Tax Ideas Service

1)Short description

The Authority wishes to implement a formal arrangement by which the Authority can seek innovative ideas with a view to reducing its overall tax liability. Such ideas may be in response to changes in legislation or Government policy, case-law developments or new ways to approach day to day activities, such as restructuring arrangements. The Authority, therefore, seeks to put in place a formal arrangement with a number of Suppliers in order to facilitate the Authority’s response to such ideas following invitation or after ad hoc approaches from the supplier.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000

3)Quantity or scope

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The provision of appropriate guarantees, bonds and warranties is reserved.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per contract documentation.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per contract documentation.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

PAN0782
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

2.3.2016 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 48 months.

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: In accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 102) (‘the Regulations’) the Council will operate a standstill period of not less than 10 days between notifying contractors of its intent to award the contract and the award of the contract. Any appeal during this period shall be addressed to:
City Barrister and Head of Standards, Leicester City Council, 16 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 6UB, UK.
If the appeal is not successfully resolved contractors may commence legal action for breach of duty in the High Court in accordance with Regulation 92 of the Regulations.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

1.2.2016

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