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To VAT or not to VAT—that is the question?

Ever wondered how many different printed things there are in circulation?

Well, HMRC have it sorted and it’s even more confusing than usual—slightly more print attracts VAT than does not—so watch out when you are buying or selling.

NO VAT

Accounts (fully printed)—Advertising leaflets—Agendas (fully printed)—Almanacs—Amendments (loose-leaf)—Annuals—Antique books—Antique maps—Articles of association (complete in booklet form)—Astronomical charts—Atlases—Autograph books (completed)—Bills of quantity (completed)—Booklets—Books—Brochures—Bulletins—Catalogues—Charts (geographical or topographical)—Circulars—Colouring books (children’s)—Comics—Company accounts and reports—Crossword books—Diaries (completed)—Dictionaries—Directories (completed)—Election addresses—Encyclopaedias—Football programmes—Geological maps—Handbills—Holiday and tourist guides—Hydrographical charts—Hymn books—Instruction manuals—Journals—Leaflets—Loose leaf books—Magazines—Mail order catalogues—Manuals—Maps—Memoranda of association (completed in booklet form)—Missals—Monographs—Music—Music scores—Newspapers—Orders of Service—Painting books (children’s)—Pamphlets—Periodicals—Picture books—Poster magazines—Prayer books—Price lists (fully printed leaflets or brochures)—Programmes—Rag books (children’s)—Recipe books—Road maps—Scrap books (completed)—Ships’ logs (completed)—Sports programmes—Staff journals—Text books—Theses—Timetables (in book or leaflet form)—Topographical plans—Tracts—Trade catalogues—Trade directories—Travel brochures.

VAT

Acceptance cards—Account Books—Address books—Albums—Amendment slips—Announcement cards—Appointment cards—Autograph albums (uncompleted)—Badges—Bags, paper—Ballot papers—Bankers’ drafts—Bibliographies—Billheads—Bills of lading—Bills of quantity (blank)—Binders—Bingo cards—Biorhythm charts—Blotters—Book covers—Book marks—Book tokens—Bookmakers’ tickets—Business cards—Calendars—Certificates—Cheques and cheque books—Cloakroom tickets—Colour cards—Compliment slips—Copy books—Correspondence cards—Coupon books—Coupons—Credit cards—Delivery notes—Diaries (unused)—Dividend warrants—Dressmaking patterns—Engineers’ plans—Envelopes—Exercise books—Fashion drawings—Flash cards—Folders—Football pool coupons—Form letters—Forms—Framed decorative maps—Games—Globes—Graph paper—Greetings cards—Index cards—Inlay cards for cassette, CD or video—Insurance cover notes—Invitation cards—Invoices—Labels—Letter headings—Letters (handwritten)—Log books (blank)—Lottery tickets and cards—Manuscript paper—Manuscripts—Medical records—Membership cards—Memo pads—Memorial cards—Menu cards—Music rolls—Note books, pads and paper—Order books and forms—Paper, unprinted—Parts of books—Pattern cards—Photograph albums—Photographs—Plans Standard-rated—Playing cards—Poll cards—Pools coupons—Postcards (whether completed or not)—Posters—Price cards and tags—Printed pictures—Questionnaires—Receipt books and forms—Record books—Record labels—Record sleeves—Registers—Rent books—Reply-paid coupons and envelopes—Reproductions of paintings—Score cards—Scrap books (blank)—Scrolls (hand-written)—Seals—Shade cards (unless they contain substantial printed text)—Share certificates—Stamp albums (whether completed or not)—Stationery—Stationery books—Stickers—Swatch books—Swatch cards—Sweepstake tickets—Tags—Temperature charts—Tickets—Time cards and sheets—Toys—Transcripts—Transfers—Visiting cards—Vouchers—Wall charts—Waste paper—Wills—Winding cards—Wrapping paper—Wreath cards.

Alternatively, this wonderful little tool does it for you, clever BlueEgg team! http://www.isitvatable.com/

 


				


Gill Robinson
25th April 2017

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