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Government U-turn on pasty and caravan taxes

The Government has withdrawn plans to impose VAT on Cornish pasties and reduced its proposed tax on static caravans to 5 per cent.

The Government has changed the definition of what is a “hot” pasty. As a result, pasties and sausage rolls will be defined as cooling down rather than being kept hot and will not be liable for VAT.

Static caravans, which do not currently incur VAT, will now be liable for a rate of 5 per cent but this will be delayed from October to April next year.

A parliamentary debate last week saw MPs from all three parties criticise Chancellor George Osborne’s plans as unenforceable.

A Treasury source told the BBC: “After extensive engagement we have improved the policy, addressing practical concerns, ensuring that the new regime could be as simple as possible to apply.”



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There are 2 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. When I buy fish and chips from my local chippie they are ‘cooling down’ by the time I buy them -yet they are still subject to VAT.#

    Which taxes are going to rise to cover this new shortfall in Treasury calculations?

  2. Gordon Brown wanted to introduce “a nice view” tax.
    Maybe we will get a re introduction of a window or chimney tax.

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