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Remembrance Day poppies to face VAT charge

Monday, November 10th, 2003

EU move threatens Poppy Appeal with a £500,000 tax bill
Tax plans by the European Commission could leave the Royal British legion facing a big VAT bill for Remembrance Day poppies, it emerged today
(Evening Standard, 10 November 2003, page 6)

EU to tax our poppies
Old soldiers were outraged last night over EU plans to tax Remembrance Day poppies.  The Royal British Legion’s annual appeal stands to lose more than £1/2million if the move goes ahead.  Brussels wants to slap VAT on the supply of all goods and services, even those from charities. 
(The Sun, 11 November 2003, page 22)

Even Remembrance Day poppies are fair game for a euromyth. No VAT threat exists to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.  The European Commission has introduced new proposals to simplify the use of VAT across the EU.   Under these plans, however, a zero rate may still be applied to “the supply of goods and services by organisations recognised as charities by member states.” The work of the Royal British Legion in selling Remembrance Day poppies will not be affected.

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