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Domestic Reverse Charge FAQs

By April 12, 2021July 29th, 2021No Comments

To reverse charge, or not to reverse charge, that is the question! The Domestic Reverse Charge (DRC)for the building and construction industry is a complex new piece of VAT legislation. In this blog we answer your questions.

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Supply & Purchase – When Do I Use The Reverse Charge?

In general this diagram will help you understand when to use Reverse Charge, and when not to. Though please be aware there are a few grey areas, so if this does not give you a clear answer please consult your accountant or VAT specialist.

DRCDiagram provided by our partners at Omnis VAT, see the original here.


What Do I Have To Put On The Invoice?

You are required to make it clear when invoicing that DRC applies, and what it applies to. You must also make it clear that the customer is required to pay the VAT or apply the reverse charge on to their customer.

Take a look at our blog on DRC Invoicing Tips for more information and an example invoice.


How Do I Enable Reverse Charge VAT On MY Bookkeeping Software

If you’re using bookkeeping software, the good news is that most of them have Reverse Charge VAT in the VAT settings, you just need to switch this option on. Here’s how it’s done in a few of the leading cloud accounting softwares.


You can easily set up your QuickBooks Online account to allow you to create invoices with reverse charge VAT as well as submit VAT returns correctly, here’s how to set it up.

  1. Make sure your account is set up for VAT
  2. Enable CIS by clicking: Gear icon – Company Settings – Advanced – Construction Industry Scheme, and enter your details to complete the setup
  3. Navigate to your ‘Taxes’ page and click: Edit VAT – Edit Rates – click the gear icon above VAT codes – Include Inactive
  4. Toggle ‘on’ the codes you wish to use for DRC VAT


The newest release of Sage (Version 26) released in 2020 already has the new domestic reverse charge tax rates installed. These are listed as T21 and T26.

  1. Set up your invoice as usual
  2. Select T21 for standard rate reverse charge VAT (20%)
  3. Or select T26 for reduced rate reverse charge VAT (5%)


  1. In the Accounting menu, select Advanced.
  2. Click Tax rates.
  3. Click Add Domestic Reverse Charge Tax Rates.
  4. Click Add Domestic Reverse Charge Tax Rates to confirm.


  1. Click on your business name in the top right of the screen and select ‘Settings’
  2. Select ‘VAT registration’
  3. Under “Do you need to use VAT rates other than standard UK ones?”, select ‘Yes’
  4. On your invoices you will then need to choose ‘Reverse Charge’

VT Software

VT Transaction+ introduced the Domestic Reverse Charge facility in their latest update in 2020, if you don’t have the latest version you can access it here.

The process is a little complex in VT Transaction+

If you need support from VT Transaction+ please contact them via the details here.


If you’re struggling with the new Domestic Reverse Charge for the construction industry, reach out to us and enquire about our services.

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