Quick, write something about it before an entire month passes! Here’s my write up of “Getting it Built!” a free day of talks and workshops that took place on a grey day in Birmingham, 6th November. So how was the day?
“Do you want to do something about the housing (or lack of) in your community? Are you already setting up a Cohousing, Self Help, Community Land Trust, SelfBuild or Cooperative housing project? Then this authoritative regional event on community-led housing is just for you!”
LESSBIG will be there, do you fancy it too?
In the UK, Value Added Tax is a ‘consumption tax’, meaning it is passed down the supply chain to the buyer. Individuals rarely get to claim this back in any way, though the business that do the ‘adding value’ part of things generally can; if only to offset the VAT passed down to them by suppliers.
Long story short, if you are building your own house (or some conversions), you are given some of the tax benefits that are usually only available to businesses. This can mean some really hefty savings with VAT currently at 20%. (sidenote: Hungary has the highest rate in the EU at 27%).
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