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VAT Refund on self-build housesIf 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 need the following

  • A copy of the final plans
  • The original planning permission with all the conditions – even the standard ones
  • A copy of the completion certificate
  • All the invoices for the building work, fitting, furnishings and services provided
  • Details of the bank account into which the refund will be paid

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.

How long does a VAT refund take?

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.


The information provided is for general information purposes only.

Legislation and details may have changed since this was written.  The text may not include all matters that are relevant to your individual situation.

You should not make decisions, or refrain from making decisions, without taking further professional advice about your specific circumstances.

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