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Call for Common Sense on Food VAT Pricing (e.g. Innocent Drinks)

Submitted on Wednesday 17th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Call for Common Sense on Food VAT Pricing (e.g. Innocent Drinks)

Additional Information

Under current British tax rules, consumers pay no VAT on "essential" foods and drinks but must pay 20% on "luxury" items such as smoothies, ice cream, and "gingerbread men decorated with chocolate unless this amounts to no more than a couple of dots for eyes". The set of rules which dictates whether a product is taxed or not was created in 1973. It is archaic, arbitrary, and unfair. For example, smoothies - which contain fruit and help people live more healthily - are subject to VAT at full rate when junk food such as burgers, chips and doughnuts are sold tax-free. We request that the government makes HMRC take a closer look at its taxation on foods. This should create a more modern, clearer, and fairer tax system which takes into account the externalities associated with the consumption of all major food products.

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