Construction industry domestic reverse charge delayed until 2020

Sep 16, 2019

HMRC has announced that the planned introduction of the domestic reverse charge for construction services will be delayed for a period of 12 months until 1 October 2020. The changes had due to be implemented on 1 October 2019.

The delay is in response to concerns raised that some businesses in the construction sector were not ready to implement the VAT domestic reverse charge for building and construction on 1 October 2019.

To help these businesses and give them more time to prepare, the introduction of the reverse charge has been delayed for a period of 12 months until 1 October 2020. This will also avoid the changes coinciding with Brexit.

According to the Brief, HMRC remains committed to the introduction of the reverse charge and has already increased compliance resource. It has put in place a robust compliance strategy for tackling fraud in the construction sector using tried and tested compliance tools.

In the intervening year, HMRC will focus additional resource on identifying and tackling existing perpetrators of the fraud. It will also work closely with the sector to raise awareness and provide additional guidance and support to make sure all businesses will be ready for the new implementation date.