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No VAT Mystery About Food – It’s Deceptively Simple

Food of a kind used for human consumption is zero-rated for VAT. That is there is no tax on basic food. There is VAT on treats like confectionery, ice cream, crisps and most drinks (apart from tea, coffee, etc). The … Continue reading

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Scottish Snowballs are VAT-free Cakes Not Sweets

The Scottish Tax Tribunal has ruled that the popular coconut-covered “snowball” snacks are VAT-free cakes, not standard-rated sweets. With food zero-rated but confectionery at 20% the VAT can make a big difference. Looking at all the facts The Tribunal decided … Continue reading

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Happy birthday VAT – here’s how not to pay you

“Swap cereal bars, which attract VAT, for flapjacks at zero rate Swap chocolate covered shortbread, which attracts VAT, for millionaires’ shortbread. Even though this might seem even more luxurious, complete with a caramel layer, it does not attract the tax. … Continue reading

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Germany Clarifies VAT Tax Break For Food Supplies

“..As regards school meals, the particular VAT rate to be applied will depend very much on the individual case and the type of food served.” The details around the school’s scheme makes fascinating reading for tax fans…. http://www.tax-news.com/news/Germany_Clarifies_VAT_Tax_Break_For_Food_Supplies____60229.html Eamon McNicholas … Continue reading

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The return of the pasty tax: Greggs to put VAT on hot snacks after complaints about food being cooled down to avoid levy

“Feedback from customers on Greggs’ Facebook page shows many customers are unhappy if they are served lukewarm or cold savouries which they thought would be hot.” I fully agree! But I won’t be harassing Gregg’s. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280447/The-return-pasty-tax-Greggs-VAT-snacks-complaints-food-cooled-avoid-levy.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 Eamon McNicholas Tax Barrister, … Continue reading

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Sugary Drinks Should Be Subject To New Tax, Suggests Report

I wonder what Euro MP Paul Nuttall would have to say about this?! http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/28/sugary-drinks-tax_n_2566667.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-lifestyle?ncid=GEP Eamon McNicholas Tax Barrister, Accountant http://www.EamonMcNicholas.com

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David Cameron’s petition on VAT and sandwiches

A petition on how VAT is applied to hot and cold food. Here’s a little video for VAT fans to enjoy! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21143818 Eamon McNicholas Tax Barrister, Accountant http://www.EamonMcNicholas.com

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