VAT cut on PPE extended

The Treasury has extended the temporary scrapping of VAT on personal protective equipment (PPE) until the end of October.

The decision comes after a temporary zero-rate of VAT was applied to PPE sales for an initial three months from 1 May to 31 July.

The government previously removed import duties from PPE and medical supplies intended to assist the NHS with the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

EU law governing VAT – which the UK is bound to until the end of the Brexit transitional period – requires the UK to charge VAT on the equipment.

However, the government has acted under an exceptional basis allowed by EU rules during health emergencies. The European Commission recently indicated support for member states to introduce temporary VAT reliefs to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest move will particularly benefit care providers, who are often unable to reclaim the 20% VAT they incur on their purchases. According to the government, the extension of the zero-rate will save care homes and related businesses an additional £155 million.

Commenting on the VAT cut, Jesse Norman, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: 'Extending the zero VAT rate on PPE will provide the relief needed by care homes in particular, so that as many people as possible continue to be protected against the coronavirus.'

About us

We were established over 80 years ago

We continue to build on our enviable reputation for providing excellent advice and first class service to our business and personal clients alike...

Bere Mill Cows image by Henry Lawford, licensed under CC 2.0 license.

© 2021 Montpelier Professional (Galloway) Limited . All rights reserved. We use cookies on this website, you can find more information about cookies here. powered by totalSOLUTION

Newton Stewart Office : Montpelier Professional (Galloway) Limited , 1 Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway DG8 6EQ
Stranraer Office : Montpelier Professional (Galloway) Limited , Challoch Inn, Leswalt, Dumfries & Galloway DG9 0LJ

VAT No 151 179 030. Registered in England and Wales No. 06025692. Registered Office: Sanderson House, Station Road, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5NT. Montpelier Chartered Accountants is a trading name of Montpelier Professional (Galloway) Limited.

Professional Indemnity Insurers: Arch Insurance, 5th Floor, Plantation Place South, 60 Great Tower Street, London, EC3R 5AZ