ECJ Ruling Turns Take Away Food VAT On It’s Head!

Ray Stewart Business, VAT Leave a Comment

The European Court of Justice has issued a ruling that will deeply affect the government if adopted here – and which is hard to see how they could refuse.

The current UK VAT position for hot takeaway food is that it is standard rated and so subject to 20% VAT. However, a recent ruling means that the supply of hot food is zero rated as long as it is consumed immediately off the premises.

If the UK adopt this ruling then affected businesses could be in a position to make significant claims for overpaid VAT over the past 4 years. Amazing news for UK businesses but a serious cash blow to our cash strapped government.

So…if you feel your business falls into this area, contact me immediately so that we can action a protective claim immediately. Don’t delay as this claim would fall under the 4 year cap.

This work would be done on a no win, no fee service based on 15% of VAT recovered.


Ray Stewart
I am a qualified Certified Practising Accountant having passed my final exams way back in 1981. I actually can’t believe that was 37 years ago!! Anyway, I am now in my 60’s and I have been running my own business since May 1983. And before you ask, no, I have never regretted a moment of it! Part of the membership requirements of my professional body now dictate that I spend quite a lot of time on “CPD” - continuing professional education (one of their better ideas) - and over the last two years I decided to study business growth and marketing. I have learnt such a lot and that knowledge has radically changed my old “accountants” approach to business. It has made such a difference to the way I work and operate I feel that I just have to pass on this knowledge. It is simply too powerful to hold back!! - but I will try and do it in simple terms rather than expecting you to spend hours, as I had to, working through the difficult language that trainers seem to use to pass on their concepts. I hope you find the blog a useful resource and interesting place to visit as the months pass. I will do my best to keep up the flow - but if there are any topics you would like me to cover, then please let me know. Ray Stewart
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