Removing zero rate VAT = removing incentive to protect historic buildings

By removing the zero rate of VAT on alterations to listed buildings, the Government is making it harder to protect our heritage. According to English Heritage research, half the people who live in listed buildings are in lower socio-economic groups. The VAT relief on alterations is usually the only incentive available to care for our historic buildings.

Alterations to listed buildings require specialist craft skills, and the type of work allowed is carefully controlled through listed building consent. This increase will cause real damage to our heritage and be a further brake on the economic recovery.

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See the response from 15 organisations including the Historic Towns Forum to the HMRC consultation - ‘VAT: Addressing borderline anomalies’.