New VAT rules coming into effect on 1st October 2019 – are you ready?

The domestic reverse charge (referred to as the reverse charge) is a major change to the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry.

This will affect you if you supply or receive specified services that are reported under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

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It will only apply to individuals or businesses registered for VAT in the UK (although it will not apply to consumers).

What you need to do to be ready for the start of the
domestic reverse charge

You need to prepare for the 1 October 2019 introduction date by:
• Checking whether the reverse charge affects either your sales, purchases or both.
• Ensuring your accounting systems and software are updated to deal with the reverse charge.
• Considering whether the change will have an impact on your cash flow.
• Ensuring all your staff who are responsible for VAT accounting are familiar with the reverse charge and how it will operate.

What contractors need to do

If you’re a contractor you’ll also need to review all your contracts with sub-contractors, to decide if the reverse charge will apply to the services you receive under your contracts. You’ll need to notify your suppliers if it will.

What sub-contractors need to do

If you’re a sub-contractor you’ll also need to contact your customers to get confirmation from them if the reverse charge will apply, including confirming if the customer is an end user or intermediary supplier.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact one of the team on 01277 314000.

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VAT relief on building a new home

The VAT DIY Housebuilders scheme is a special scheme that enables homeowners building a home to benefit from the special VAT rules that allow the qualifying construction costs of new homes and certain conversion works to be zero-rated. In this way, any VAT paid on certain qualifying costs can be recovered. The scheme has been designed to effectively put homeowners in a similar position to a property developer.

A claim can be made for qualifying building materials on which VAT has been charged. Qualifying materials include most materials incorporated into a new building or conversion which cannot be easily removed. There are a number of exceptions including fitted furniture, carpets, and some domestic appliances.

Homeowners can also claim for building materials purchased from another EU member state by converting the amount of VAT paid into the sterling equivalent and providing proper evidence of shipping etc. It is not possible to claim the VAT for any professional or supervisory services associated with the development.

Planning note: There are also time limits that should be adhered to when making a claim. A claim must usually be made within three months of the completion of the conversion or new building using the appropriate form. A repayment is usually made within 30 days of a claim being submitted.

There are two main forms for making a claim. The first form (VAT 431NB) is designed for new builds and the second form (VAT431C) is designed for qualifying conversions i.e. the conversion of a non-residential property to residential.

Please call if you would like help applying for a rebate of VAT using this scheme.