When the Chancellor announced a temporary cut in the rate of VAT for the hospitality sector and attractions in his Summer Statement on 8 July there were a number of areas that needed clarification. The reduction applies to supplies made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.
The reduction is one of a number of additional measures announced to support the economy as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect individuals and businesses.
VAT on food and non-alcoholic drinks
From 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021, to support businesses and jobs in the hospitality sector:
- A 5% rate of VAT applies to supplies of:
- food and non-alcoholic beverages sold for on-premises consumption, for example, in restaurants, cafes and pubs
- hot takeaway food and hot takeaway non-alcoholic beverages.
- Alcoholic drinks will remain subject to the standard 20% rate.
- Food and drink supplied as part of a supply of catering services for consumption off-premises continue to be standard rated.
HMRC have now set out more details of which supplies will attract the 5% temporary rate as well as the impact on invoicing, deposits and the flat rate scheme.
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