VAT reverse charge for construction services

After three false starts the VAT reverse charge will now come into effect on 1st March 2021.

The reverse charge represents part of a government clampdown on VAT fraud. Large amounts of VAT are lost through ‘missing trader’ fraud. As part of this type of fraud, VAT is charged by a supplier, who then disappears, along with the output tax. The VAT is thus lost to HMRC. Construction is considered a particularly high-risk sector because of the potential to make supplies with minimal input tax but considerable output tax.

The reverse charge does not change the VAT liability: it changes the way that VAT is accounted for. From 1 March 2021 the recipient of the services, rather than the supplier, will account for VAT on specified building and construction services. This is called a ‘reverse charge’.

We have a briefing available on our website which outlines all the changes and how to get prepared, please click here. If you wish to discuss any of this further please get in touch. 

0116 2423400 or info@torrwaterfield.co.uk  

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