New VAT rules are finally due to come into effect this March which will impact on accounting for VAT for transactions in the construction sector. These new rules, which were originally scheduled to start back in October 2019, have already been delayed twice as there was a lack of awareness of the changes in the industry.
The new “reverse charge” system of VAT accounting will affect sub- contractors and contractors supplying their services in the construction sector.
Under the new rules, supplies of standard or reduced-rated building services between VAT-registered businesses in the supply chain will not be invoiced in the normal way. Under the new reverse charge system, the sub-contractor will not show VAT on their invoice to the main contractor and will not account for output VAT.
This is intended to ensure that VAT is correctly accounted for on supplies by sub-contractors, some of whom were allegedly not paying over the VAT charged to HMRC.
The new reverse charge will apply to a wide range of services in the building trade, primarily those activities covered by the construction industry (CIS) payment rules. Note that normal VAT invoices will continue to be issued to domestic customers.
If you are a sub-contractor using the VAT flat rate scheme, it may be beneficial to leave that scheme as you may be entitled to a VAT refund on your expenses from 1 March 2021.
We want to make sure you have all the information you need so that:
- You know what’s going to be involved in being compliant with the new rules
- You have a chance to minimise the impact on your business
We’re putting on a FREE virtual event with leading VAT expert, Neil Owen, to get Contractors and Subcontractors up to speed.
22 February 2021
11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Includes an online Q&A session with our speaker
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