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Government to raise VAT on listed building alterations

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March 30 2012

Government to raise VAT on listed building alterations
Fresh from its ‘pastiegate’ ramp up of VAT on hot pies the government has turned its revenue raising sites on those seeking to undertake alterations to listed buildings, scrapping the zero rate of tax the sector currently enjoys.

It means that, from October, the full 20% rate of VAT will apply subject to an ongoing consultation which will run until May 4.

This hasn’t gone down well with tax campaigners such as the Cut the VAT Coalition, which is arguing for an across the board 15% cut in VAT for all home repair, maintenance and improvement work.

They argue that the move in the opposite direction could have grave consequences.

Loyd Grossman OBE FSA, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance said: "The very real fear is that this will discourage people from making improvements to listed buildings. It may make the difference between them having a future and losing them altogether.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders added: “This move shows the Government really is out of step with the industry’s wishes and the needs of the UK’s heritage buildings. 

“Increasing VAT on alterations to listed buildings by 20 per cent will prevent many from carrying out important improvement work, and  will in turn put many more building firms at risk. If the Government is serious about supporting growth in the economy and cutting carbon it should focus on measures to encourage property owners to improve the UK’s existing buildings, and not do the opposite.”

3 Comments

leslie hunter
#1 Posted by leslie hunter on 2 Apr 2012 at 15:25 PM
This double whammy by the Chancellor has wiped out a year's work for our Practice which will result in short time working, loss of income- on which we pay tax- as well as a good number of buildings being left to fend for themselves, all to say nothing of the disappointment faced by the clients and the contractors who were geared up to advance now the weather has improved.

andy mc
#2 Posted by andy mc on 3 Apr 2012 at 14:22 PM
Yes its wiped most of our work to...What are they thinking ?
Time to Lobby your MP and this chap quickly
David Roberts
HMRC
VAT Projects Team
3C/10, 100 Parliament Street,
London
SW1A 2BQ
david.roberts4@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
Auntie Nairn
#3 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 12 Apr 2012 at 13:07 PM
Typical Government - instead of cutting VAT on all works to existing buildings, which would generate work and contribute to a real recovery, push up VAT instead for short term revenue generation.

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