This is a fixed price turnkey contract to build our new home. The vat registered builder wants to charge us standard rate vat on items such as scaffold hire, plant hire (without driver). Is this correct? Many thanks.

  • Peter Eade

    The builder is wrong, all labour and materials used on a new build is zero rated this would include scaffolding and tool hire. The only things which cannot be zero rated are items such as carpets and fittings which are not an integral part of the build. I would suggest you check this with the VAT office.

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