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Claiming back VAT

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From reading Build It I’ve learned that self building can be a really cost-effective route to home ownership – not least because it’s zero-rated for VAT. However, for first-timers like me, it’s still difficult to get the funds together to finance the whole project and only reclaim this tax at the end. Surely if the government wants to encourage more people to create their own homes, it would make sense to free up the cash currently spent on VAT for use during the scheme itself. For some people, this simply means they have to aim lower when it comes to specifications. But for many, it could be stopping them undertaking a home building project in the first place.

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Build It magazine’s November issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning eco renovation (page 54) • How to get loft conversions right (page 64) • What you need to know about insulating your home (page 70) • 10 design tips for wetrooms (page 85) • Save money by getting your project budget right (page 100) • How to get planning permission in the countryside (page 106) … and more!
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