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i have bought a new build house and are having fitted wardrobes

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i have bought a new build house and are having fitted wardrobes fitted prior to moving in. The company i have purchased them from and who are fitting them said i could claim back the vat on the price, how do i go about this?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Sam replied 2 years ago.
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Thanks for your question

If the wardrobes qualify then see the link added here to the VAT Notice guide 708

Link to VAT notice 708 http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageLibrary_PublicNoticesAndInfoSheets&id=HMCE_CL_000513&propertyType=document#P1301_131613

This states
13.5.2 What articles are not furniture but are building materials?

Examples of articles that are not furniture and are building materials for VAT purposes, include:

(a) basic storage facilities formed by becoming part of the fabric of the building, such as airing cupboards and under stair storage cupboards

(b) items that provide storage capacity as an incidental result of their primary function, such as shelves formed as a result of constructing simple box work over pipes, and basin supports which contain a simple cupboard beneath, and

(c) basic wardrobes installed on their own with all the following characteristics:
◾ The wardrobe encloses a space bordered by the walls, ceiling and floor. But units whose design includes, for example, an element to bridge over a bed or create a dressing table are furniture and are not building materials
◾ The side and back use three walls of the room (such as across the end of a wall), or two walls and a stub wall. But wardrobes installed in the corner of a room where one side is a closing end panel are furniture and are not building materials
◾ On opening the wardrobe you should see the walls of the building. These would normally be either bare plaster or painted plaster. Wardrobes that contain internal panelling, typically as part of a modular or carcass system, are furniture and are not building materials

The wardrobe should feature no more than a single shelf running the full length of the wardrobe, a rail for hanging clothes and a closing door or doors. Wardrobes with internal divisions, drawers, shoe racks or other features are furniture and are not building materials.

If your built in wardrobes qualify then you make the claim on form VAT431NB
Making a claim http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/new-home.htm

Form VAT431NB http://search2.hmrc.gov.uk/kb5/hmrc/forms/view.page?record=66W-jUHsGhQ&formId=3645

I have added a link here re claims and for the form itself

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