I’m looking at getting some building work done and am not sure whether it can be VAT exempt, hoping someone here can help.
I’ve a corridor that opens into a room and the opening goes round a corner. If I didn’t have PPMS I’d simply be putting a door on it and redecorating. However, because my PPMS has affected my walking badly I’m also bearing in mind that I may need an indoor wheelchair later in life, so would like to do the work now to remove the corner to widen the opening (which will need an RSJ), get a door on and then redecorate. My front door is narrow, so this would then allow me to access the house in a wheelchair as I could come in through the wider back door.
I realise the door and decorating would never be VAT exempt, but am not sure whether I can claim VAT exemption to widen the opening. I don’t need a wheelchair now and optimistically may never need one - but on the other hand, my walking has been badly affected in five years of this illness so it seems a reasonable assumption that I will need one in the next 10-20 years. The bungalow is perfect for this illness in other respects, so I doubt I’ll be moving.
Has anyone had experience of claiming VAT exemption for an alteration that anticipates their future needs? Or do you have to wait until the horse has bolted before you can claim one?
All thoughts on the subject appreciated, I don’t want to claim what I’m not entitled to.