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If you are building your own house, then you can claim a VAT refund on most (but not all) of the building and fitting costs.
Nicolson Accountancy specialise in working with those who build their own houses to help make sure that every eligible cost is claimed, and that the claim is lodged quickly and efficiently to give a speedy refund to the home-owners.
You have only three months from the date of the completion certificate to submit your claim.
Three months might seem like a long time, but with moving into a new house it goes very quickly.
Nicolson Accountancy will do the rest for you, but please bring in the information as early as possible to allow us to draft and submit the claim in plenty of time.
A VAT Refund can be surprisingly quick. We anticipate that the funds should be with you in about 4 weeks, but this is dependent upon factors outwith our control.
HMRC will check the details of the claim, scrutinising every invoice and then providing us with details of any costs that they have disallowed. They will notify us of the final approved amount, returning all the papers to us; but by this time you should already have the funds in your account.
Whilst it is possible to appeal against any disallowed costs, in our experience it is very rarely that such a claim is successful, as the accuracy of HMRC is very high when applying this part of the law.
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