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The 5% VAT Rate Cut For Hospitality Businesses

A welcome announcement ...

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Posted by Roger Eddowes on 13/08/2020 @ 8:00AM

After Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Summer Statement, HMRC issued new guidance on the temporary 5% VAT rate cut for the hospitality sector. This includes holiday accommodation and attractions too ...

The 5% VAT rate cut is very welcome news for any hospitality business!

The 5% VAT rate cut is very welcome news for any hospitality business!

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It is very welcome news for any hospitality business that was deeply affected by the recent Coronavirus lockdown. Many are still suffering with the very slowly relaxing guidelines the Government announced, so a 5% VAT rate cut will help.

The 5% reduced rate of VAT applies to:

  • food and non-alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption or for takeaway

  • hot takeaway non-alcoholic beverages

  • sleeping accommodation in hotels or similar establishments

  • holiday accommodation

  • pitch fees for caravans and tents, and associated facilities

The 5% VAT rate cut also applies to admissions to the following:

  • theatres

  • circuses

  • fairs

  • amusement parks

  • concerts

  • museums

  • zoos

  • cinemas

  • exhibitions

  • cultural events

Where admission to these attractions is covered by the existing cultural exemption, the cultural exemption will always take precedence.

VAT rules for the hospitality sector are already complicated with a number of different VAT regimes available. HMRC has updated much of its guidance to offer more detailed information on the application of the 5% VAT rate cut.

Making changes at such short notice can be very difficult for any size of business so Essendon Accounts & Tax are always here to help.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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About Roger Eddowes ...


Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.