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6.5 million unaware of VAT hike

Over 6.5 million people remain unaware of Government plans to hike VAT in the New Year, research shows.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed he would impose a 2.5 per cent rise in the commodity tax, from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent, in the Emergency Budget on June 22. The new levy will take effect from January 4, 2011.

However, a survey of 1,030 people conducted by TNS Omnibus reveals 13 per cent of the UK population are in the dark about the upcoming change.

Business development manager Bob Salmons says: “Our research suggests that consumers are not rushing out to shop before the VAT hike is introduced, despite the fact that a rise to 20 per cent will result in significant cost increases, particularly on higher priced goods.”



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  1. To escape Excessive Taxation a great number of companies (such as EasyJet etc) are now registering outside the UK some even say if you pay by ‘Direct Debt’ the new vat rate will not apply as transfer of money is outside UK’s legal jurisdiction. Credit Card companies could also jump on this Bandwagon. Hence an advertised Sale saving of 20% could become a saving of 40% minus Vat.

    Legitimized new wording for Electronic Sale Transfers could be developed to continue this for quite sometime. Hence Government may become a victim of it’s own Greed.

    Signed Carl Barron Chairman of agpcuk

  2. These 6.5 million must not read newspapers or watch TV.

    How can they not know that VAT is increasing – its been in the news for months!

  3. Not sure what all the fuss is about.

    A TV costing £1,000 + vat costs £1175 today and £1200 in a few weeks.

    If the consumer can afford the £1,000 the extra £25 is not going to put him off buying. Shopping around will almost certainly cover this extra £25 and more.

    When vat went down from 17.5% to 15% the Media said it wasn’t worth talking about. When vat went back up to 17.5% the Media said the world would end.

  4. if they need increase the tax….need to increase the benefits for people

  5. And to think these people have the vote! It reminds me of when a character in Corrie was written out for a few weeks so the actor who played him could go on holiday.

    Subsequently written into the script was news that he’d been involved in an RTA in Bristol.

    The following week, the Bristol Royal Infirmary was indundated with flowers addressed to the Corrie character.

    Hence, I never watch soaps.

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