Extend the VAT at 5% for hospitality until at least March 2022

Extend the VAT at 5% for another 12 months until March 2022 for Hospitality. This is an essential lifeline for the Hospitality Industry’s Recovery - and perhaps the single biggest Covid-19 relief measure.l and must be extended if the industry hopes to have any meaningful recovery.

17,569 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
2
Signature Deadline
Tuesday 3rd August 2021
Estimated Final Signatures: 17,676

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1. Hospitality Industry: Government Support
11/01/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: I remind Members that there have been at least two sets of changes since we moved back into Westminster - Speech Link
2: 329985 relating to Government support for the hospitality industry.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link
3: absolutely support the hon. Lady’s call for a hospitality Minister. I was the shadow Minister for tourism - Speech Link

2. Covid-19: Hospitality Industry
24/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Covid-19 and food supply, HC 263, and the Government Response - Speech Link
2: hospitality industry throughout the covid-19 pandemic.I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting - Speech Link

3. Tourism: Covid-19
10/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: has considered support for the tourism industry after the covid-19 lockdown.Tourism is so much more - Speech Link
2: the sun has come out this summer for some in the industry, much helped by the eat out to help out scheme - Speech Link

4. Covid-19: Cultural and Entertainment Sectors
02/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: considered covid-19 and the cultural and entertainment sectors.May I, too, extend a very warm - Speech Link
2: properties and they are not eligible for grants. It is essential that they have a restart grant to allow them to - Speech Link
3: of the £1.57 billion culture recovery fund, the Barnett formula extended that funding to all the corners - Speech Link

5. Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation
03/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: crisis of any major economy in the last 12 months; unemployment at 5% and, as the Chancellor said, forecast - Speech Link
2: people—rubbish is the right word, Prime Minister. In six months, it has supported just 2,000 young people, yet - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Extend the VAT at 5% for hospitality until at least March 2022
1. Hospitality Industry: VAT
asked by: Alan Brown
29/09/2020
... whether a company that has paid VAT at 20 per cent in advance for services that fall within the discount rate period that started on 15 July 2020 can claim the 15 per cent differential back from HMRC in subsequent VAT returns.

2. Hospitality Industry: VAT
asked by: Alan Brown
07/09/2020
... what plans he has to allow refunds of VAT to be claimed where paid in advance at the standard rate covering the period of the newly introduced VAT reduction between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021 for (a) caravan site fees and (b) other businesses in the hospitality and hotel and holiday accommodation sector; and if he will make a statement.

3. Hospitality Industry: VAT
asked by: Jane Hunt
23/09/2020
... holiday accommodation and attractions beyond 12 January 2021 to further support business in those sectors.

4. Hospitality Industry: VAT
asked by: Patricia Gibson
08/02/2021
... whether he has had discussions with his Cabinet colleagues on extending the hospitality sector's temporary reduction of VAT from 20 to 5 per cent to the service sector.

5. Hospitality Industry: VAT
asked by: Lucy Powell
19/01/2021
... (b) accommodation and (c) attractions to date.

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The VAT at 5% was the single biggest recovery mechanism from the last two lockdowns and helped us red-build our businesses
The VAT at 5% will help keep rising inflation and costs down.
The VAT at 5% will encourage re-investment and investment into the industry.
The VAT at 5% will help out Industry return to profitability - helping pay more Corp Tax
The VAT at 5% will help save hundreds of thousands of jobs in the Industry where without this essential recovery mechanism many will now not re-open


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Government Response

The Government has extended the reduced rate of VAT (5%) for tourism and hospitality to 30 September 2021. To help manage the transition back to 20%, a 12.5% rate will then apply until 31 March 2022.


The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July 2020 to support the cash flow and viability of around 150,000 businesses and protect over 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

As announced at Budget 2021, the Government has extended the temporary reduced rate of VAT (5%) for the tourism and hospitality sector. The relief will now end on 30 September 2021. On 1 October 2021, a new reduced rate of 12.5% will be introduced for these goods and services to ease affected businesses back to the standard rate. The new rate will end on 31 March 2022.

The hospitality and tourism sectors have been amongst the worst affected by Covid-19 and the extension of the relief and staggered return to the standard rate will help it recover as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The reduced rate comes at a significant cost to the Exchequer, and this extension will cost almost £5 billion. It is right that as restrictions are lifted and demand for goods and services in these sectors increases, temporary reliefs are reduced and in time removed, in order to rebuild and strengthen the public finances.

Raising £130 billion in 2019/2020, VAT is an important source of revenue for the Exchequer, funding vital public services such as health, education and defence; applying the reduced rate for a longer period would come at a significant cost and reduce our ability to deliver public services.

The Government has made available a wider package of support worth billions which includes extensions to the furlough scheme; New Recovery Loans; grant support of up to £18,000 for retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care businesses; extension to the business rates holiday; mortgage holidays; enhanced Time to Pay for taxes; and VAT deferrals.

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