Keeping up the good work, here’s my first new substantive post – HMRC have announced that intelligent lighting can now be zero rated, where applicable.  Or else 5% rated, again if applicable.  But first, a bit of background: Since 1973, with a few exceptions, there has been no VAT cost, in building a new house. … Read More


The EU has asked the UK to amend its rules on energy saving materials, which are currently subject to the 5% VAT rate, on a ‘supply and fit’ basis. Under EU VAT rules, the UK (and other member states) can only apply a reduced rate on a specified number of goods and services. Energy saving… Read More


As ever, the Budget didn’t appear too interesting in terms of VAT changes. Indeed I came across a headline indicating that there would be no changes to VAT. Look a bit further though, and there were quite a few changes, although admittedly nothing to get anybody terribly worked up about. VAT registration limit goes up… Read More


I’ve thus far resisted the temptation to turn this blog into a Mr Angry column, but I’ve got to record an element of displeasure about an article about listed buildings that appeared in the Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago.  It contained an incorrect statement about VAT, attributed to me. A few days before… Read More