28 June 2012
The Church of England today welcomed the announcement from HM
Revenue and Customs that transitional arrangements for zero-rated
VAT for alterations to cathedral and church buildings will be
extended to cover all schemes which had already applied for a
faculty or approval under the Care of Cathedrals Measure.
The end of the transitional period will also be extended until
30 September 2015, allowing qualifying projects to continue to
benefit from zero rating for three and a half years, or four
summers. This should ensure that the majority of qualifying
projects under way at Budget Day, 21 March 2012, will qualify for
Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings Council said: 'We are
delighted that alterations to church buildings which had already
applied for a faculty that have been on hold since the Budget can
now proceed, and we hope as many as possible will now be able to do
so without further delay.'