When formulating budgets it is imperative that any VAT advice given is accurate and sustainable.

Architects, Project Managers & Quantity Surveyors – whilst unlikely to be qualified in the VAT field – are often expected to provide guidance to their clients on what VAT reductions are possible.

This can create conflict – VAT may not be your forte (or even something your PI allows you to discuss) – but clients expect you to be versed and familiar in the VAT affecting their scheme.

Our Helpline is wholly free of charge and is designed to swiftly & succinctly identify:

  • What scope exists (if any) for VAT mitigation
  • How the design & planning support or erode this
  • What evidence & documentation the Contractor may need
  • What evidence & documents HMRC may need

We will confirm our advice to you by email – for you to forward on or repackage as you see fit.

You can therefore be confident that the advice you provide to your client is robust & reliable. The client can then seek detailed advice elsewhere should it be necessary (it would be nice if it was from us but it need not be).

We are equally happy to take calls directly from property owners and members of the public.

1 aim – to demystify how VAT impacts construction.

Designed to work in conjunction with the free Helpline service; we offer a selection of CPD accredited training throughout the year, geared more towards proactive VAT planning & conflict avoidance (conflict with client & contractor, client & design team, anybody with HMRC…..).

These sessions are free of charge to Design Professionals & Contractors, but due to demand are limited to 1 person per practice. RICS sponsored sessions are limited to RICS members.

Topics that crop up again and again are:

  • How does the wording of a planning consent affect VAT?
  • How does the Design of a scheme affect VAT?
  • Permitted Development & ‘demolition by stealth’
  • Why don’t HMRC view a ‘dwelling’ in the same way as planners?
  • The myths associated with The Option to Tax
  • Why can Developers not reclaim VAT?

You can book online for one of our events by going to our BOOKING FORM.



2020 CPD Dates – To be confirmed

RICS Seminars – please contact your local RICS representative for more information


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