Following EU Tribunal Cases (VAT being a European Tax and largely unaffected by Brexit); HMRC have changed their stance on many forms of compensation payment – and with particular regard to the Construction Industry – how Liquidated Damages are treated.
HMRC have recently confirmed their stance on ‘lost space’ in relation to the creation of bathrooms using an existing room in a disabled persons home – this was previously known as ‘restitution relief’.
A new VAT Accounting procedure is to be implemented in October 2019 whereby the Main Contractor will become responsible for a sub-contractors VAT. In the same way in which the Construction Industry Scheme has addressed the missing tax aspect of labourers and small traders in the construction industry (by placing the burden of tax collection on Main Contractors & Developers); the purpose of the Reverse Charge for Construction Services is to reduce the occurrences of ‘disappearing trader fraud’.
VAT accounted for nearly a quarter of all UK tax revenues in 2015/2016; so it’s virtually guaranteed it will remain in place after Brexit (VAT in one form or another being in place for many non-EU countries: Switzerland, Norway, Israel & now even the United Arab Emirates).
It is common for new builds to either begin life as extensions / partial build – either becoming full demolition by a gradual erosion of the planning process or due to unforeseen structural weaknesses. Zero rating for new builds hinges on the Demolition Test, a key aspect of the test being that planning consent is in place for the full demolition of any existing structures.