After trading through the uncertainty of 2020, Scotland's construction sector is not out of the woods yet.
The most recent easing of restrictions across most of the country has resulted in a controlled resumption of travel, return to work, house moves and socialising in homes as we manoeuvre out of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has come as a relief to everybody, and none more so than those in the Construction industry.
Stuart Petrie, Director at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP
Following the introduction of the domestic reverse charge for construction services on 1 March 2021, many construction businesses will be preparing their first VAT returns under the new regime. From our experience of advising construction clients, what appears to be a simple change is throwing up significant challenges for businesses.
The construction sector has experienced a sustained period of challenge, the weak period of trading many experienced Q2 to Q3 2020 due to Covid has caused finance challenges to continue. Whilst some of these challenges were relieved by good cash management, payment holidays and changes to compliance requirements, the upcoming 2021 Budget announcement and the ongoing Covid problem means now is the time to ensure you are best placed to overcome any impending hurdles.
Important VAT changes are coming to the construction and property sector from 1 March 2021. The Construction Reverse Charge is being introduced, changing who is responsible for accounting for VAT in relation to certain supplies.
But what does this mean? AAB's Alistair Duncan, Indirect Tax specialist at AAB, hosted a Q&A on LinkedIn answering the most important questions surrounding the change. We've summarised the questions and answers below.