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  • Philip Nickson & Co Ltd

    Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors
    Tel: 01285 810099
    Email: info@philipnickson.co.uk

  • Philip Nickson & Co Ltd

    Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors
    Tel: 01285 810099
    Email: info@philipnickson.co.uk

Can a builder charge 5% VAT for their services?
16/05/2018

Whilst the majority of businesses charge VAT at the standard rate of 20% there are a number of different VAT rates and exemptions that businesses should be aware. There are actually three separate VAT rates, the standard rate of 20%, the reduced rate of 5% and a zero rate. The reduced rate of VAT applies to the supply of certain goods and services.

In this article we will look at situations when the reduced VAT rate can apply to the conversion of a premises. This can happen where the number of dwellings in a property, after a conversion, changes from the number of dwellings before the conversion. For example, the conversion of a non-residential building into residential property is eligible for the reduced rate. (e.g. converting a restaurant into a house, or a warehouse into a block of apartments).

The reduced VAT rate of 5% will apply to qualifying services provided as part of a property conversion. These might include:

  • Repairs and maintenance (such as redecoration), or
  • Improvements carried out to the fabric of the building (such as the construction of an extension or the installation of double glazing).

Services within the immediate site of the premises being converted can also be at the reduced rate if they are in connection with the:

  • means of providing water, power, heat or access;
  • means of providing drainage or security, or
  • provision of means of waste disposal.

Planning note:

However, HMRC’s guidance is clear that all other services are standard-rated. For example, you must standard-rate:

  • the installation of goods that are not building materials, such as carpets and fitted bedroom furniture;
  • the erection and dismantling of scaffolding;
  • the hire of goods;
  • landscaping;
  • the provision of professional services, such as those provided by architects, surveyors, consultants and supervisors.

Philip Nickson & Company Ltd. Chartered Accountants, Paradise Farm, High Street, Kempsford, Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 4EU
Registered to carry out audit work in the UK & Ireland by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
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