VAT on aircraft has become more of an issue for owners. Recent changes have reduced the availability of zero-rating for aircraft and also changed the arrangements for recovering VAT charged on aircraft used for both business and private purposes.
Prior to 1 January 2011, the UK allowed zero-rating of ‘qualifying aircraft’, such aircraft being neither:
Following a formal request from the European Commission, the UK has amended its legislation and a ‘qualifying aircraft’ is now defined as any aircraft which:
From 1 January 2011 changes to the VAT recovery mechanism known as ‘Lennartz’ accounting mean that it is no longer possible for tax payers intending a mixture of business and non-business use to recover VAT in full on the initial purchase and adjust for private use over a 10 year period. It is now only possible to recover VAT to the extent the asset is used for business purposes, although if the aircraft costs more than £50,000 it will be included in the Capital Goods Scheme and VAT recovery adjusted over 5 years to reflect increases or decreases in business use.
CVC is able to assist with the complexities arising from these changes and can help maximise the availability of relief and VAT recovery.