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  1. That's not how VAT works tho. B&Q or their upstream supplier will have paid UK VAT on the American paint when it arrived in the UK. From that point you are (for VAT purposes) buying UK paint. B&Q charge you UK vat as usual. They then reclaim the VAT they paid, and hand over the VAT they charged. The government ends up with the tax on the difference between the price when it first arrived in the UK and the price you eventually paid. Unless you do a self-build reclaim in which case the government ends up with nothing. All imported goods are charged VAT at the moment, almost always UK VAT. The only real exception is that EU companies exporting a small amount of goods to consumers also in the EU are allowed to charge VAT in their own country instead of registering for and charging VAT in the country it's going to.
  2. Sorry if I was unclear, that's what I'm saying. At the moment from EU small suppliers to consumers charge local VAT in their own country and then there's no UK VAT (and self builders can claim back the foreign VAT). After Brexit, EU suppliers will not charge VAT at their end. But there will be UK VAT at the port. Which again self-build can reclaim. The situation if your order/delivery/reclaim falls either side of Brexit may be trickier. More detail and references in my post here.
  3. After Brexit you shouldn't be charged Belgian VAT (unless we do a deal that keeps the status quo, in which case you won't pay UK VAT). EU suppliers only charge local VAT on goods going to another EU country. Goods leaving the EU (e.g. coming to Britain) are zero rated at point of supply and only taxed at point of arrival.
  4. I actually wouldn't blame the electorate here. AV is not a proportional system and would actually produce less proportional results in the UK than FPTP. It's not worth changing the system to something worse just for the sake of it. The Lib Dems were not originally offering AV, indeed Clegg described it as a "miserable little compromise". In the coalition negotiations the Conservatives rejected proper PR but offered a referendum on AV instead. The Lib Dems should never have accepted that trade : it should have been clear that whichever way the vote went it would almost certainly rule out a change to proportional representation for a very considerable period.
  5. You probably could be, but: * You'd need to be very clear that your company was charging you properly (+VAT) for what it did to make sure the work is visibly part of your company's trading. You can't claim VAT back on things that don't relate to a taxable supply made by your business * Your company would have to be providing (and charging for) the labour as the reduced vat rate is not available if supplying materials only. Nothing to stop you paying the company for your time but you'd have to think about the tax implications of how to get the money back out of the company. * It would probably trigger various other compliance things - safety regulations (CDM), insurance, possibly construction industry employer registration - which might well attract costs and/or hassle * If the amounts involved were substantial compared to your normal trading, the one-off bump might well trigger HMRC to come and have a look so you would want to have everything very carefully documented to be able to show it was all being done on an "arm's length" basis * You may have less comeback on some supplies of materials as the regulations covering selling to the general public don't usually apply to business-to-business sales (one reason some places are trade only). Could be an issue with warranties / returns / etc from some suppliers. So in principle yes, especially if your firm is already in the construction trade as some things may already be covered. In practice, exercise caution and probably speak to your accountant.
  6. I hope you've fitted the house with the required CCTV / data protection warning signs.
  7. To clarify, I think you're asking about the ceilings between e.g. ground and first floor? If so, is your heating zoned - will you be heating rooms downstairs separately to rooms upstairs? If not then there is probably not much value in over-insulating the intermediate ceilings. If the rooms are around the same temperature then not much heat will travel through them and any that does will just reduce the heating demand for the upstairs rooms. The external walls/floors/ceilings are much more of a priority for your money & effort.
  8. Might also depend if the size / nature of the garage means it would need a building warrant? I know I put a couple of somewhat unrelated minor things from our "at some point" list on my extension warrant to save having to pay a separate warrant fee later. The advice I had was that would of course mean I'd have to do them before I could get completion for the extension. If the garage would be outside warrant requirements they might be less concerned. Presumably if left on the planning permission but removed from the building warrant that wouldn't matter, or do HMRC look at both?
  9. Have they tried changing the file type association in Internet Explorer itself, as well as the system-level default? As I recall, IE (like chrome) can be separately configured to open files in a different app to the one the system uses when opening a local file.
  10. What operating system / browser do you use? Does it only happen when you open from SharePoint? Should be fairly straightforward to find and fix the file-type association but the precise steps vary by platform.
  11. Whoops! And I'd not been aware of the actual vat treatment on conversions, just went with the OP on that. Just had a look now, seems weird that they still end up VAT free but the contractor has to charge at 5% for you to reclaim, rather than the 0% new-build rate... I guess there'll be some esoteric reason that makes sense to HMRC.
  12. Good point. Although I would have thought ultimately the main contractor would be pricing on the basis they'd want to cover their overheads and make a reasonable profit on the job as a whole? So if they don't get to mark up the materials they'd perhaps just uplift the labour rates instead? Other factor of course is a main contractor might be able to get better pricing from suppliers - that might cover some / all of their own markup. Conversely they might just go to their normal merchant and you might be able to do better (at significant time cost) by shopping around for each item.
  13. The main contractor will pay 20% VAT on the materials, but assuming he is VAT registered he will then reclaim that 20% from the government. He will then charge you 5% VAT, which he will pay on to the government. (This isn't a special process BTW, it's the same thing that happens if buying and selling at 20%. In practice once a quarter he will be adding up all the VAT on purchases and sales and just paying/reclaiming the difference). Therefore overall it won't make a difference to the main contractor's figures. However he may be out of pocket for a short period. That will depend on when you pay him, when he has to pay the supplier, and how those two dates fit with the timing of his quarterly VAT returns. If the main contractor is not VAT registered (fairly unlikely unless a tiny firm) then he won't charge you VAT at all. However he will have paid 20% VAT on the materials, which neither he nor you will be able to reclaim - so in that case you would definitely be better getting them yourself.