News Ross, Gorey, Wexford, and Waterford based Pensions and Investment broker E W Levingstone Accountants & Co, and Levingstone Financial Services set out details of the recent changes to VAT refunds for unregistered farmers
Changes to VAT refunds for unregistered farmers
Value- Added Tax (Refund of Tax) (No. 25) Order 1993
Revenue has recently determined that VAT on certain expenditure incurred by unregistered (flat-rate) farmers on underpasses, hedgerows and land reclamation may qualify for refund under this refund order, subject to the conditions hereunder.
Concrete underpasses (usually pre-cast) that have been designed specifically to accommodate the transfer of livestock from one plot of land to another, where a public road separates the land, come within the terms of the refund order.
The reference to ‘fencing’ in the refund order includes hedgerows where they are planted by a farmer with the ultimate aim (on maturity) of stock proofing. However, the order does not cover hedgerows grown for other purposes e.g. ornamental or shelter of dwelling.
Expenditure allowance under this heading may include ploughing and re-seeding where they are an integral part of the land reclamation and are actually carried out as part of a land reclamation project.