Parliamentary Petition to reduce 20% VAT on bottled water in crackdown on sugary drinks

In the current health crack down on sugary drinks in the fight against obesity, what is the sense in  the VAT man imposing 20% tax on bottled water while happily conceding 0% VAT on cake?

That’s why are launching a Parliamentary Petition to get VAT on bottled water zero rated to fall in line with other EU countries like France which levies a rate of 5%.

The reason HMRC gives for imposing 20% VAT on bottled water is that it is a non-essential item, seeing as tap water in the UK is VAT free. While cake of course is essential eating!

But in the health war on obesity and the forthcoming sugar tax on drinks, might it not be an incentive for parents, instead of a pricey bottle of pop,  to send their children out with a trendy bottle of water, sensibly lowered  in price by a fifth for healthy living?

The proposed petition could be worded: “ A Parliamentary Petition to reduce the 20% VAT on bottled water to become Zero Rated as part of the health crackdown on sugary drinks.”

We would value your feedback on the proposal.

Regards, Rex Garratt, Director,



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