Tax on Shopping and Services

VAT and Duties 

VAT is a tax you pay on most goods and services. 

Rate % of VAT  What the Rate Applies To 
Standard Rate 20% Most goods and services 
Reduced Rate 5% Some goods and services, for example children's car seats and some energy saving materials in the home 
Zero Rate 0% Zero rated goods and services, for example most food and children's clothes 

Check the VAT rates (external link) on different goods and services. Some things are exempt from VAT, such as postage stamps and some financial and property transactions. 

VAT is normally included (external link) in the price you see in shops, but there are some exceptions. 

VAT and Disabled People 

You do not have to pay VAT on certain goods and services (external link) if they are just for your own use and you are disabled or have a long-term illness. 

Other Taxes and Duties 

You pay different taxes on: 

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