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  VAT Measures Pre Budget Report 2008

Practical Details for Business Owners Regarding VAT Change from 17.5% to 15%

Chancellor Alistair Darling's VAT Changes - reduction to 15%

Chancellor Alistair Darling has introduced a new, lower, VAT rate.

  • Announced: 24th November 2008 in the pre-budget report. (But leaked a few days earlier - as always)
  • Which Rate of VAT?: Only standard-rated sales are affected.
    There are no changes to tax on sales that are zero-rated or reduced-rated for VAT. Similarly, there are no changes to the VAT exemptions.
  • Timing: Start Date: New rate applies to sales on or after 1st December 2008
  • Timing: Stop Date: The 15% rate will remain until 31st December 2009, and from 1 January 2010 it will revert to 17.5%.
  • Official Telephone Helpline: Talk to the taxman by calling the National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000.
  • Official Website: The Revenue and Customs web site is your best guarantee of solid information.
    See the VAT announcements at:
    See the other pre-budget, follow-up, announcements at:
  • VAT Threshold: This change does not affect the VAT threshold.


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