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Our clients undertake window replacement and upgrades in old victorian houses, many of the windows are 100 to 250 years old. They also draft proof the windows. Our clients feel they may be able to charge a vat rate of just 5% our view this should be 20%

Any thoughts on this would be most welcome.

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03rd Feb 2012 14:12

You could check it out ....

.....here :-  http://lmgtfy.com/?q=vat+notice+708 

In particular sections 8.1.2 and 8.3.4 to see if the work your client is undertaking could qualify.

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I do know how you feel...

... my clients often give me bad VAT advice too.  I'd sue them if I thought the courts would find that they owed me a duty of care.

This "feeling" of theirs.  Anything to substantiate it at all?

It's not a renovation or alteration (and an alteration to a protected building might even be zero-rated).  It's a repair in my opinion. Replacing windows does not, by itself, a renovation or alteration make.

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03rd Feb 2012 15:57

Renovation

George Attazder wrote:

... my clients often give me bad VAT advice too.  I'd sue them if I thought the courts would find that they owed me a duty of care.

This "feeling" of theirs.  Anything to substantiate it at all?

It's not a renovation or alteration (and an alteration to a protected building might even be zero-rated).  It's a repair in my opinion. Replacing windows does not a renovation or alteration make.

What's a renovation?  Google says it's to "Restore (something old, esp. a building) to a good state of repair".....

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I've edited my previous post...

... for the sake of the more pedantic members of the community. :)

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03rd Feb 2012 16:24

George
Ah but it's empty residential buildings...thats the thing.

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04th Feb 2012 07:59

@George
I wasn't being pedantic... just querying your definition of 'renovation'...

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06th Feb 2012 13:49

Re: Replacing old windows

Generally VAT Notice 708 requires the property to have been empty for more than two years or a change in the number of dwellings for the actual replacement of the windows. However the draught stripping is mentioned in another document VAT Notice 708/6 Energy-saving materials. See Para 2.7

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03rd Jan 2013 14:05

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