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VAT Zero Rated for Self Build Homes and House Renovations

Building your own home, converting a barn and some renovation projects are zero-rated for VAT. So how do you claim your VAT back?. Those buying a new home from a builder or developer donít have to pay VAT on top of the purchase price because such properties are exempt from VAT. It would be unfair if those building a self build home had to pay this tax. In recognition of this fact, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has put in place certain arrangements for the private individual building their own home, or converting a non-residential building into a home, to reclaim most of the VAT paid out.

How to make a Self Build VAT Claim

The process of claiming back the VAT is quite simple but it does have to be carried out quite thoroughly and it is important that the self builder or converter keeps a record of all payments made, together with copies of all invoices. I would advise that during the self build project you have a file that you fill out weekly with the money you are spending, who to and keep the invoice together in that file. After you have finished you self build home it is the easier to fill out the VAT reclaim form (431NB). Those who are not good at accounting may choose to use one of the VAT recovery specialists found on the internet.

The VAT claim must be made within three months of the building being completed and you only get one chance to claim, so you need to get it right first time. You can make a claim for most of the goods and materials bought from a VAT registered supplier which are incorporated into the building or the site. Here is a link to the Self Build VAT Reclaim Form

pdf icon VAT Reclaim Form 431NB


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