BMA calls on government to cut VAT rate on home improvements market

The trade body has suggested that reducing the 20% tax on home improvement will make bathroom upgrades more affordable, driving water efficiency and reducing the number of void homes

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) is calling on new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to cut the rate of value added tax (VAT) on home improvements in next month’s budget.

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The trade body has suggested that reducing the 20% tax on home improvement will make bathroom upgrades more affordable, driving water efficiency and reducing the number of void homes.

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Before the General Election, the BMA backed a National Home Improvement Council campaign to cut improvement VAT from 20% to 5%. The trade body believed this measure could create up to 95,000 jobs as well as generating £15bn in new taxes.

Next month’s budget, scheduled for 11th March, is the first opportunity for the new Government to introduce such a tax cut. BMA Chief Executive Tom Reynolds said: ‘The BBC’s Housing Briefing estimates a 1.2 million shortfall in homes in the UK. A VAT cut for home improvements would help that situation, by making the improvements needed to void homes more affordable.

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‘One barrier to home-owners and landlords updating bathrooms is the cost, 20% of which goes straight to the HM Treasury. If the Chancellor reduces VAT on home improvements investing in more modern and water efficient bathrooms would become much more attractive.’