Frequent question: How do I avoid VAT when buying commercial property?

If you are buying an opted commercial property, you can avoid paying VAT if you can obtain TOGC status for it by having a tenant in place and being registered for VAT and opting to tax it at the time of the sale.

Do you have to pay VAT on the purchase of a commercial property?

VAT exemption on commercial property

As a general rule, the sale or lease of a commercial property is exempt from VAT, which means neither a purchaser nor a tenant would have to pay VAT.

Can you reclaim VAT on purchase of commercial property?

Commercial property is almost always ‘opted in’ to the VAT system, otherwise it is ‘exempt’ and VAT can’t be reclaimed. When a property has been opted in to tax, the vendor must charge VAT on all supplies they make in relation to that property, including the sale of the property itself.

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What property transactions are exempt from VAT?

The following supplies will be exempt: all leases, assignments, surrenders, reverse surrenders or licences to occupy any interest in land or buildings; sales of freehold commercial property or civil engineering works more than three years old or sales, leases or licences of all residential or charitable property.

What is the VAT rate on commercial property?

Commercial property owners have the option to charge VAT at 20% (currently the standard rate). When a landlord or vendor opts to tax property, they need to usually charge VAT on all supplies which relate to the property, therefore charging all rentals or sales.

Is VAT charged on new commercial buildings?

The sale or lease of a Commercial Property, unless it is new, is by default VAT exempt such that the purchaser or tenant does not have to pay VAT. The downside for the seller or landlord is that they are unable to recover VAT on costs associated with the sale or lease, which can be significant.

Do you pay VAT on second hand commercial vehicles?

When you buy a new commercial vehicle, you will pay 20% VAT on the purchase price and in most cases this VAT can be reclaimed. … The second-hand dealer is registered for VAT and charges you VAT at 20% on the sale price. In this case you will get a VAT invoice and can reclaim the VAT charged.

Is VAT payable on land purchase?

Normally sales of land are an exempt supply for VAT, meaning no VAT is charged on the sale, however this does mean that recovery of any input VAT on sale costs will also be blocked (unless within the de minimis limits).

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Can I reclaim VAT on property refurbishment?

A developer or house owner can claim back all VAT charged on the renovation of a building that has been empty for 10 years or more, once the dwelling is sold.

Should I opt to tax commercial property?

The main benefit of opting to tax a commercial property is the ability to recover input VAT on associated costs. Businesses that are using the commercial property as their trading premises, and are making taxable supplies in the course of their business, should be able to reclaim all input VAT in any case.

Is sale of residential property VAT exempt?

Residential lettings is exempt from VAT, and so majority of landlords don’t have to think about VAT at all. This VAT exemption applies whether it is single-let, HMO or Rent2Rent residential letting. However, serviced accommodation is NOT exempt as it is treated as holiday accommodation and so standard rated.

Can you opt to tax residential property?

The option to tax allows a business to choose to charge VAT on the sale or rental of commercial property i.e. to make a taxable supply out of what otherwise would be an exempt supply. Any option to tax does not affect a residential building or residential part of a building.

Do you pay VAT on a house purchase?

Residential Property VAT Guide

When you sell or rent an existing residential property such as a house or flat then you will normally be making a VAT exempt supply. This means you don’t charge VAT but cannot recover the VAT you incur on your purchases relating to it.

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Can a commercial property be sold as a going concern?

A sale of a business as a going concern involves the seller (the vendor) selling their business to the purchaser together with all of the things that are necessary for the purchaser to continue operating the business. The vendor must also keep running the business up until the day of sale (the settlement date).

Do you pay VAT on commercial rent UK?

The sale or lease of a commercial property is generally exempt from VAT. If so, the purchaser or tenant does not have to pay VAT. That may be very good overall, however, when a vendor or landlord makes an exempt supply of a property, they are unable to recover VAT incurred on related costs. These can be significant.