HMRC has been working on the reverse charge over the past few years. The aim is to tackle VAT fraud in the construction industry, specifically missing trader fraud, by making it the responsibility of the contractor or receiving sub-contractor to account to HMRC for VAT on applicable transactions.
In other words, a contractor will no longer pay VAT over to their sub-contractor and will instead pay it directly to HMRC via their own VAT return.
Do not use the charge for the following services, when supplied on their own:
You should be reviewing your relationships with your suppliers and customers to see which of your trading relationships will be impacted by the reverse charge change.
Use this flowchart (Annex 1) to help you decide if you need to use the reverse charge. The reverse charge will need to be used when: