VAT Club plans second day of action on tax

By Rob Willock

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Jacques Borel's VAT Club plans a second day of action
Jacques Borel's VAT Club plans a second day of action
The VAT Club is planning to repeat last year’s Tax Parity Day to highlight the inequality of VAT on food and drink in pubs and restaurants – under the revised name Tax Equality Day.

The original Tax Parity Day saw as many as 15,000 pubs and restaurants across the UK cut the price of food and drink by 7.5% to simulate a cut in VAT to 5%.

Campaign leader Jacques Borel, writing in the spring edition of Wetherspoon News​, said: “Tax Parity Day was an outstanding success and the perfect way to reinforce our message to the public that lower VAT in the hospitality sector will deliver lower prices and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“Customers at pubs and restaurants across the UK supported the day – and I am confident that they will welcome the Tax Equality Day later in the year.

“We will be announcing the date of the Tax Equality Day [soon].”

Name change

A campaign spokesman said the name change from Tax Parity Day to Tax Equality Day was suggested by campaign members to help improve trade and consumer understanding of the cause.

Recent signatories to VAT Club membership include: Gamestec Leisure, Monster Energy, C&C Group (the producer of Magners cider), Kopparberg, wine importer Hatch Mansfield and Matthew Clark.

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