Two recent tax cases highlight the importance of a prompt claim for VAT repayment under the DIY house construction VAT reclaim scheme. The claim must be made within 3 months of completion of a construction. In one case the claim was denied as the taxpayer had waited for a certificate of completion. HMRC won the case saying the house had actually been completed more than a year earlier when the snagging work ended. However in a different case the taxpayer won the argument that a house wasn’t completed until the certificate of completion was issued.
As with all of our tax tips and web pages this information is necessarily summarised and of a general nature. If you would like detailed specific advice please contact us.