On Wednesday 15th March 2023, the Spring Budget was delivered by Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Budget covered a number of measures which you can find here. We have covered a couple of key VAT updates specific to the buildings and property sector below.
After a number of postponements, it is here. The new Reverse Charge for Construction Services will take effect from 1 March 2021. If you have not already put processes in place, it is not too late to do so, and in the main the HMRC guidance is clear and well written https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-reverse-charge-technical-guide
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’.