From 15th July 2020 until 12th January 2021 a temporary reduced rate of VAT of 5% is being applied to certain categories of food and drink.

These are:

    • hot and cold food for consumption on the premises on which they are supplied
    • hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on which they are supplied
    • hot takeaway food for consumption off the premises on which they are supplied
    • hot takeaway non-alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises on which they are supplied

Most food and drink will remain zero rated. There is no change to the VAT rate for alcoholic beverages.

This does not apply to food and non alcoholic drinks supplies as part of catering contracts, except in restaurants.

The temporary reduction of VAT to 5% is aimed at assisting the hospitality sector, including those selling hot and cold food to go.

VAT will automatically return to the standard rate 20% at the end of the reduction period.

Member Action

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More information

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-reduced-rate-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions#:~:text=If%20you%20supply%20food%20and,only%20need%20to%20charge%205%25.

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