DIY Householders Fall Foul of Strict VAT Rebate Rules

DIY Householders Fall Foul of Strict VAT Rebate Rules

The law encourages so-called DIY housebuilders by enabling them to reclaim VAT paid on materials used in the construction of their homes. As one couple found out to their cost, however, the rules of the scheme are strict and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tend to take a hard-line approach to enforcing them. The couple, aged in their 70s, obtained planning permission to convert a barn into a bungalow which they intended would be their home for the rest of their lives. During the course of the works, however, it became necessary to demolish the barn and to build an …

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