Written Question on Exports: VAT

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Date Title Questioner
11 Sep 2020, 1:50 p.m. Nickie Aiken (Conservative - Cities of London and Westminster) Nickie Aiken (Conservative - Cities of London and Westminster)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what activities the HMRC Policy Lab has undertaken in its research on the digitalisation of the VAT Retail Export Scheme; and which companies and organisations they have (a) met and (b) observed as part of that research.

Answered by Jesse Norman - Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)

The HMRC Policy Lab carried out site visits, observed processes and conducted interviews and surveys in relation to the VAT Retail Export Scheme. This involved a wide variety of stakeholders including Border Force, retailers, VAT refund providers, refund agents, airport operators and shoppers. This research took place in parallel with a consultation on tax-free and duty-free goods.

After reviewing the long-term approach to tax-free goods as part of that consultation, the Government announced today that the VAT Retail Export Scheme would be withdrawn from 1 January 2021 and would therefore not be digitised or extended to EU residents.


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