Property VAT

VAT on land and property is an exceptionally complex and often counter-intuitive area. It is often the first stumbling block for clients entering into a property transaction.

In some cases a person selling a property must add 20% VAT to the sale price for the property.  The buyer in some cases can recover the VAT paid from HMRC – whether this is the case will depend on precisely how the purchaser intends to and actually uses the property.

In some cases, even though you may not have to charge VAT, you can nevertheless elect to do so and this can sometimes be beneficial.

We can help with:

  • Whether VAT should be charged on a property transaction
  • What VAT can be recovered
  • Whether you should “opt to tax” and obtaining VAT registration and an Option to Tax in time for a tight completion schedule
  • VAT on conversion from commercial to residential, and renovating listed buildings

Not to mention the tax questions you don’t even know you need to worry about.

Our team of specialists are here for can help you avoid pitfalls and make sure you don’t pay any more VAT than you need to.

For more information or help from one of our property and construction specialists, please contact us using our enquiry form.

Jason Appel

Partner, Property and Construction

T +44 (0)20 8922 9305
E jason.appel@bkl.co.uk

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