VAT is a direct tax on the sale of goods and services and the key measure put in place to assist businesses was the overall reduction in the standard rate of VAT from 23% to 21%. This reduction is to apply for the six-month period from 1 September 2020 to 28 February 2021. The impact should of course be most profound within the retail sector and it would be expected that such a reduction if passed on to consumers should have the impact of boosting consumer spending as we emerge from the various levels of restriction into the busy Christmas shopping period.

Other measures of note with regard to VAT include: 

  • The extension of the 0% rate of VAT on the supply of PPE for use in the delivery of Covid-19 related health care services to patients; and
  • The reduction in the VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector to 9% (previously 13.5%) for the period from 30 November 2020 to 31 December 2021. This sector specific measure is targeted at supporting such businesses which have been widely viewed as one of the most broadly and severely impacted sectors due to the pandemic.

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