VAT and Listed Buildings
We are often asked if we can charge VAT at 5% instead of 20% – the short answer is that we cannot.
Based on our professional advice, we are required to charge VAT @ 20% as we are supplying the goods only.
If a contractor purchases materials from us and they are VAT registered then they are able to claim the VAT back on their own VAT Return. When the contractor then charges the owners of the property for their construction supply, they will charge for labour and materials (the goods they purchased from us) and this is when they charge the whole supply at 5%, therefore the end customer benefits the reduced rate of VAT.
Please note we are not qualified to comment on this or any other VAT matter but are able to refer clients to read HMRC notice 708 section 11.1 – Goods supplied over the counter – which is the rule that we have to follow and also 11.2 - Goods incorporated by a builder - which is the rules that affect the contractor and shows they are allowed to reduce rate any materials they supply with any labour charge they were allowed to reduce rate.
Please check all information with your own accountant before basing any decisions on this.