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Keep tax-free sales at airports and the VAT Retail Export Scheme

Submitted by Luke Barras-Hill on Monday 19th October 2020

Published on Thursday 29th October 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 29th April 2021

Current Signatures: 8,830
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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despair ~ Government ~ retail ~ Tax ~ The Government ~ Thousands ~ UK ~ Unemployment

Petition Action

Keep tax-free sales at airports and the VAT Retail Export Scheme

Petition Details

The government has decided to remove the airside extra-statutory concession for tax free sales at airports and withdraw the VAT Retail Export Scheme for international visitors. Sign the petition to reverse the decision!

Additional Information

With the UK plunging into recession and unemployment soaring, the government has chosen to remove tax free sales on airside products (excluding alcohol and tobacco) at airports and stop VAT refunds for overseas tourists in shops from 1 January.

This could not only cause thousands of job losses across the UK, but mean prolonged despair for businesses such as airports.

Sign the petition to save jobs and your tax-free perks!


If you want to sign this petition (as opposed to merely discuss it), you need to do that on the government's e-Petitions website.

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