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Post by Adrian on 4th January 2011, 4:07 pm


  1. Insulate your home – insulation materials are charged at a discounted 5%. Stick it to the man by lagging your loft this winter.
  2. Choose your pets wisely – VAT is paid on pet food for cats, dogs, hamsters, ferrets and guinea pigs, but not on feed for chickens or rabbits.
  3. Stop smoking – Nicotine patches enjoy a discounted rate of VAT, while cigarettes are loaded with extra taxes.
  4. Take a bath – it’s good to save water, but it’s also good to luxuriate in the knowledge that your bathwater is untaxed.
  5. Buy a caravan – invest in a lifetime of VAT-free vacation. Just make sure the caravan is over 7 metres long, or it doesn’t count.
  6. Eat fresh – generally speaking, fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are zero rated, while many processed foods are taxed. And learn to cook – VAT is levied on catering and eating out.
  7. Buy secondhand – VAT only applies to new goods – outsmart the tories in a secondhand suit.
  8. Take the biscuit – if the chips in your chocolate chip cookies are mixed into the dough, they are VAT exempt. If the cookies are decorated with chocolate chips on the surface, VAT applies. If you want to know the logic of this, I can only suggest you write to Gideon Osborne.
  9. Read more – laugh in the face of tax rises by buying books, magazines and newspapers.
  10. Navigate old school – VAT is levied on SAT nav systems, but not on maps.
  11. Gamble more – Best ignore this one perhaps, but gambling, bingo and the lottery are tax exempt.
  12. Get a scooter – if you’re after a new car, consider a mobility scooter instead, and out-run Osborne with VAT exempt transport.
  13. Travel by helicopter – good news! Both the sale and hiring of helicopters are VAT exempt.
  14. Wear children’s clothes – if you’re small, beat the taxman by shopping in the children’s section.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 4th January 2011, 7:14 pm

I'd like to know how to avoid paying tax like Gideon manages to dodge £1.6 million of tax he should be paying.

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Post by Chilli-head on 4th January 2011, 9:38 pm

Badger wrote:Navigate old school – VAT is levied on SAT nav systems, but not on maps.

Or if you use a Sat Nav, and are not a US citizen, rest contented in the fact that you are freeloading on the US taxpayer, who has bourne the extraordinary cost of the hardware you are using. Very good value really !
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 5th January 2011, 9:56 am

Badger wrote:
[*]Take the biscuit – if the chips in your chocolate chip cookies are mixed into the dough, they are VAT exempt. If the cookies are decorated with chocolate chips on the surface, VAT applies. If you want to know the logic of this, I can only suggest you write to Gideon Osborne.

Let them eat cake! In fact VAT is charged on biscuits, but not on cake. So a chocolate digestive is VAT-able, whereas a Jaffa cake is not. And if you want to be able to tell the difference: a biscuit is something that starts hard and becomes soft with age, whereas a cake starts soft and becomes harder with age. This is not a spurious distinction I have made up, that is the HMRC definition.

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Post by Compostwoman on 5th January 2011, 12:13 pm

That takes the biscuit, that does.

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Post by Sparhawk on 5th January 2011, 5:11 pm

Eat in the House of Commons dining rooms, the v.a.t. isnt going up on their food, allegedly, Oh yes you can contemplate the menu whilst you have a cigarette as the smoking ban doesn't apply either...

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Post by Hairyloon on 5th January 2011, 10:44 pm

Chilli-head wrote:Or if you use a Sat Nav, and are not a US citizen, rest contented in the fact that you are freeloading on the US taxpayer, who has bourne the extraordinary cost of the hardware you are using.
Good. It is about time we got some payback.
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