Do you pay VAT on stamp duty on commercial property?

Do you pay VAT on stamp duty on commercial property?

If you buy or rent commercial property and the landlord chooses to tax you, you must pay VAT on the rent or purchase price. This creates a problem with stamp duty since you will also have to pay stamp duty on the VAT part at the current rate. The amount of stamp duty you need to pay is called the residual value. It's the value of the property after you've paid all its expenses including any mortgage debt on it.

When you sell your commercial property, you'll need to include the VAT you received in its sale price so that you can claim its input credit. You cannot claim an output credit for VAT you paid on commercial property because these payments are taken into account when you file your returns. However, if the property was used as an office building for more than one company, you can claim a partial input credit for the VAT you paid on your other businesses' offices.

You must pay VAT on the market value of any immovable property you use for business purposes. This includes property such as offices, warehouses, and factories that you hire out to others. If the property changes hands during the tax year, the new owner is required to register for VAT even if they're not going to be using it for business purposes.

The owner of a business is responsible for ensuring that their employees are registered for VAT if they work from home or within the EU.

Can a commercial property be sold without paying VAT?

When a commercial building is sold with a tenant in place and the seller has chosen to tax the property, the buyer must likewise choose to tax the property in order to avoid VAT on the purchase price. If the buyer does not want to pay VAT, then the sale cannot take place.

It is important to understand that when a tenant is in place, the owner of the property is considered to be carrying on a business activity. As such, they must register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as either a trader or a professional person. The buyer can claim back any associated VAT expenses from the seller.

If the seller wishes to remain anonymous or lacks sufficient evidence of identity, then they will need to file an application for de-registration with HMRC. This process is known as "disappearing traders". A disappearing trader cannot re-register until five years have passed since their last registration. If this time limit is exceeded, then the seller will again become liable for VAT.

Disappearing traders are only available to individuals or businesses who are not resident in the EU. Therefore, if the seller resides in the EU, they will need to declare the sales income and pay any associated taxes into the local government authority where they reside. These amounts are called "transfer duties" and they can only be paid by bank transfer.

Do private landlords pay VAT?

Rental payments are liable to VAT if the landlord has "selected to tax" for VAT purposes; otherwise, rental payments are free from VAT. If your company is VAT-registered, your costs will be the same whether the landlord chooses to tax you or not. However, if the landlord decides to go without VAT, any profit they make will also be free from duty.

What does "selecting to tax" mean? It means that a business owner can decide to have their suppliers and employees charge them for VAT. They can also choose not to have these parties charge them VAT. When a business selects to tax, they fill out an online form on the Duties and Taxes page of My Business to indicate their choice. Then, all transactions between them and their selected parties become subject to VAT.

Who selects the option to tax? Only those companies that want to receive or send goods from or to other businesses that charge VAT should select this option. These companies can select whom they want to charge VAT to, but it cannot be both to and from the same person or company. For example, if Company A wants to sell products to Company B, who then sells them to customers, Company A can choose to charge VAT to Company B. But if Company A also wanted to sell directly to consumers, they could not select both options since this would cause them to lose money on the transaction (i.e., charge more than what they received).

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