DIY Housebuilders Claims Go Digital: 5 Dec 23

Person on computer - DIY Housebuilders 27th November 2023

Individuals building their own home can submit their DIY housebuilders VAT refund claim digitally from 5 December 2023. The time limit for such a claim will also been extended to six months after completion of the build.


The VAT DIY housebuilders scheme gives DIY homebuilders the ability to reclaim the VAT they pay on building materials for any section of the build they undertake themselves. It also applies to individuals converting a non-residential building into their own home.


The digital process will be designed to minimise errors and help claimants get their claims right. The process will also be simplified by removing the requirement to submit invoices with the claim. The claims process should be easier for most taxpayers and will speed up HMRC’s processing of the claim. Also, paper-based claims will remain as an option for those that cannot use the digital process.


HMRC expects that the extension from three to six months will result in fewer omissions and errors.


We will continue to monitor the changes in the process as they are introduced.


Please contact your local Whitings LLP office to ensure that you have prepared for your claim correctly.


Disclaimer - All information in this post was correct at time of writing.
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