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VAT on sanitary items

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nailak Fri 07-Oct-11 19:29:51

I have vaguely heard a debate about this, can someone explain this issue to me please?

i would like to know what the equivalent is that caters for men, and they dont have to pay VAT,

sorry if i sound clueless, it is because i am. but i want to learn

chibi Fri 07-Oct-11 19:31:29

what is the rationale for putting vat on stuff, which things have it and which don't?

nailak Fri 07-Oct-11 19:35:29

i dont know? thats what im asking!!!!

whomovedmychocolate Fri 07-Oct-11 19:40:11

Okay, the rationale tends to go like this: basic things that you have to buy which are not luxuries but staples (e.g. bread, milk) do not get VAT rated. Plain biscuits for example are not vat-able but chocolate ones are. Ergo, the govt things sanpro is optional or a luxury and yes I guess we could stuff our gussets with leaves but it's a very outmoded way of thinking.

whomovedmychocolate Fri 07-Oct-11 19:40:57

But it is charged at the reduced rate of 5% rather than 20% (see here )

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 07-Oct-11 19:41:46

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whomovedmychocolate Fri 07-Oct-11 19:43:28

It's especially irksome because incontinence pads can be zero rated so pee on it - no VAT, bleed on it the govt wants 5%.

nailak Fri 07-Oct-11 19:44:00

so is that good enough?

GossipWitch Fri 07-Oct-11 19:44:03

mens shaving foam? being the equivalent?

ClartyScutter Fri 07-Oct-11 19:46:20

i 'fell out' with Claire Rayner ('agony aunt') when the notion of VAT on sanitary products was 1st aired.

someone asked her to join the campaign against it, as it was a stealth tax on women - she refused, said if men had to pay VAT on razors then women should pay on tampons etc.

when a TV interviewer (i wish i could remember who) said 'but men can grow beards' she shrugged her shoulders and did the 'meh' face.

nailak Fri 07-Oct-11 19:46:46

so what is their justification?

SardineQueen Fri 07-Oct-11 19:46:47

What wmmc said.

Leaves.

Yes.

SardineQueen Fri 07-Oct-11 19:47:29

<turns on claire rayner>

SardineQueen Fri 07-Oct-11 19:47:54

Oh GRIEF not sexually, obv.

Chrissakes.

SardineQueen Fri 07-Oct-11 19:48:09

And it's fri night.

<head desk>

OliviaTwist Fri 07-Oct-11 19:48:47

She is dead, so probably not so bothered....

ClartyScutter Fri 07-Oct-11 19:48:51

bit difficult, Sardine, not sure she's in the mood any more <gulps>

nailak Fri 07-Oct-11 19:51:59

lol i think you should move to the friday night thread.

this is a :l thread.

so men pay vat on razors but not shaving foam scratch

nailak Fri 07-Oct-11 19:52:34

is there vat on moon cups?

chibi Fri 07-Oct-11 19:56:08

Yea there us

Tbh i had a look at hm treasury, a lot of it seems weird and arbitrary, gambling for example is exempt confused

chibi Fri 07-Oct-11 19:56:50

Good grief

That should have been yes there is

nailak Fri 07-Oct-11 19:58:22

have another wine its friday

GrimmaTheNome Fri 07-Oct-11 20:02:12

One of the few things they got right was Jaffa Cakes.

DontCallMeFrothyDragon Fri 07-Oct-11 20:07:47

What? There's no VAT on jaffa cakes?

Well, they're therapy atm...

But yes. Leaves. Knowing me, I'd end up plucking a load of poison ivy...

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 07-Oct-11 20:20:22

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