Fish shops have been caught in VAT net for years
Last updated at 12:10, Saturday, 31 March 2012
George Osborne’s plans to add a 20 per cent sales tax on pasties and hot food has left a bitter taste in the mouths of bakers.
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I have been trading as a fish and chip shop owner for 6 months having taken over an existing business. I employ 10 people, albeit it on varying shifts, have high supplier bills, constant repairs, a formidable wage bill and am slammed for Â£900 per week in VAT. Has this government completely lost the plot? We have mass unemployment, a double dip recession, austerity measures, VAT at 20% - we are a broken country. The PM should focus on cleaning up the antics going on in the House of Lords and then start supporting us before another 500 of us go bust this week. WAKE UP!
Absolutely right the Govt should cut tax for Fish and Chips. It's a national institution and if you're in the F&C business, extremely hard work. Owners of successfull fish and chip shops work excessive hours at unsociable hours for very little. Get the VAT sorted in supermarkets, there's more of them that there are fish and chip shops and they can carry the VAT better than smaller, independently owned fish and chip shops. Give us a break!
Those who don't want to pay an extra 20% could always buy raw food and cook it themselves! or is that idea too radical as well as probably being healthier?