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Introduction to VAT for housing associations

Virtual edition

Location: Virtual
Start Date:

21/10/2020 09:30

End Date:

22/10/2020 12:00

Industries: Non Profits, Social Housing
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Our popular course examines how VAT affects housing associations and assumes that delegates have no prior knowledge. It includes updates on topical issues such as Making Tax Digital stage 2, VAT changes after Brexit, cost sharing groups, the reverse charge for services from abroad and the new domestic reverse charge on construction services.
Given current conditions we are running this course virtually over two mornings.

  • Day 1 will focus on how VAT affects housing associations generally.
  • Day 2 will focus on how VAT affects developments. There is an option to attend either, or both, sessions.

What we will cover

Day 1 session: how the VAT system works

  • The VAT treatment of the main activities of housing associations.
  • When should VAT be charged?
  • The requirements for VAT incurred to be recovered.
  • Partial exemption methods and calculations.
  • VAT compliance and how this is changing under Making Tax Digital.
  • Other changes in the pipeline

Day 2 session:focused around development activity

  • When will VAT be incurred on land and what are the strategies to deal with this?
  • VAT treatment of construction, conversions and refurbishment projects, including design-and-build arrangements.
  • VAT treatment of the various types of tenure.

Who should attend

  • Finance staff taking on responsibility for VAT for the first time.
  • Finance staff who have experience of VAT in other sectors but are new to housing.
  • Experienced finance staff wanting a refresh on how VAT affects their organisation.
  • Developments staff who want a better understanding of how VAT impacts their projects.


Day 1 only: £200 | Day 2 only: £150

Both Day 1 and Day 2: £300

50% reduction for each subsequent delegate from the same organisation.   


Day 1

  • 09:30   Course starts
  • 10:30   Coffee break
  • 10:45   Course resumes
  • 11:45   Coffee break
  • 12:00   Course resumes
  • 13:00   Course end

Day 2

  • 09:30   Course starts
  • 10:30   Coffee break
  • 10:45   Course resumes
  • 12:00   Course end 

Can’t attend these sessions?

In normal times, we hold these courses regularly in other locations around the country, both in our own offices and at the offices of housing organisations. During current times, we are happy to arrange another virtual session at a more convenient time for you.If you would be interested in attending a course at another time please contact us.