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Overtaxed UK tourism companies launch campaign to cut VAT to 5 percent

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The UK companies want their taxes to be on par with Italy and Spain, but will have a tough time convincing Parliament to make any decisions that might lead to a fate similar to those of the bankrupt governments.

— Samantha Shankman

A group representing nearly 400 hospitality businesses, largely in the hotel and leisure sector, have launched its official campaign to cut VAT on accommodation and attractions to just 5% in Parliament.

The latest report into the effects of a VAT cut…shows that a VAT cut to 5% on tourism services would:

  • Create 78,000 jobs over 10 years
  • Create a net present value fiscal return to the Exchequer over 10 years of £2.6b (2011 prices)
  • Assuming VAT were to reduce in 2013, the first year would see a direct loss to the Exchequer in VAT revenue of £1.7b, but the notional loss would be lower at £232m, after the effect increased trade and employment were taken into effect.

 

Tags: taxes, tourism, uk

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