Businesses are once again lobbying the government to re-introduce tax-free shopping for tourists. 90 business leaders have signed a letter to the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt warning of the effects the withdrawal of the scheme in 2021 is having on the UK economy.
On 3 March 2021 Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered Budget 2021. Most of the Budget measures were targeted at addressing the fall out from the COVID-19 pandemic, including extending the VAT rate cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors.
On 8 July Rishi Sunak announced a targeted temporary VAT rate cut for the UK hospitality and tourism sectors. HMRC has now published further guidance on the measure, available here.
In his Plan for Jobs speech today Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a temporary VAT rate cut for the UK hospitality and tourism sectors to aid recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.