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Building a New Home VAT Refund

This section is about building a new home and reclaiming Value Added Tax. Find information on VAT refunds when building new homes or property conversions.

NEW BUILD VAT RECLAIM: How does VAT work on new builds in UK?

You can apply for a VAT refund on the building materials and construction services if you are:

This guide explains how to claim a VAT refund and which form you need for the application process.

As a rule, the building work and construction materials must meet all the qualifications to claim VAT. You must also apply within three (3) months of finishing the project to HM Revenue and Customs.

Note: The rules for building a new home and VAT differ for builders who are working in the construction industry.

VAT Eligibility for a New Build Home

Further guidance notes are available on application form 431NB and 431C. They both clarify what types of new building projects and materials qualify for a VAT refund.

VAT on New Homes

As a rule, to qualify the property should:

Most builders are zero-rated for Value Added Tax when they are working on new buildings. That means you are unlikely to pay any VAT for their services.

VAT on Property Conversions

As a rule, a converted building must be a non-residential property. A residential building qualifies if it has been vacant for at least ten (10) years. That means you can claim a refund for work carried out by builders on a conversion from a non-residential building to a home.

Note: Builders usually charge a reduced VAT rate for other types of property conversion.

VAT on Communal and Charity Buildings

A VAT refund would usually apply if the construction is for:

Building Materials and VAT

There are specific rules when you claim a VAT refund for building materials. The materials must be 'incorporated' into the construction. That generally means removing them would cause damage to the property. In general you should not be able to remove the materials without needing special tools to do so.

A VAT Refund is Not Available for:

Reclaim Form VAT431NB and VAT431C

There are two different forms to use when building a new home for VAT reclaims. Use form VAT431NB to claim a refund on a new build. The other form VAT431C is for claiming a refund on a property conversion. Fill in the most relevant most form and send it to:

National DIY Team SO970
HM Revenue and Customs
Newcastle
NE98 1ZZ

Note: You have 3 months to claim once the building work is complete. You should get the refund within one (1) month of sending in the claim.

Documents to Include with a Claim

Remember to include these details when you send in your claim form:

All valid VAT invoices must show the correct rate to get them accepted. You must convert any invoice amounts into Sterling if they are in a different currency. Contact the VAT Helpline for further information or advice.

Building a New Home and VAT Refunds in the United Kingdom