to think there should not be VAT on fruit juice?

(37 Posts)
Talkinpeace Sun 10-Mar-13 11:59:19

Just binning a supermarket till receipt when I noticed that in my big weekly shop, the things that had VAT on were:
- toiletries
- booze
- fresh squeezed orange juice
all the rest of my food was zero rated

why is Orange juice deemed a 'luxury item' : if it was 17% cheaper (with no VAT on it) then more people would get their five a day.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 10-Mar-13 16:50:26

Really at least 4 of your 5 a day should come from veggies not fruit. Juice really bad for your teeth as it rots them faster than sugary sweets.

Catsdontcare Sun 10-Mar-13 16:57:09

From the point of view of no vat would make it easier for people to get their 5 a day you are wrong BUT as tinned fruit seems to offend you so much I conceed that it should be treated equal to fruit juice in being a not particularly healthy option.

Fruit juice is also bad for your liver not just your teeth.

Baabaapinksheep Sun 10-Mar-13 17:04:47

Blankie - vat is charged at 5 percent on sanitary products, not the norm rate.

Peronally I think sanitary products should be VAT free. Does anyone know why they arent?

Areyoumadorisitme Sun 10-Mar-13 20:30:12

talkinpeace OP is an accountant.... So am I, hence the explanation smilesmile

foreverondiet Sun 10-Mar-13 23:46:37

Because its not very healthy as devoid of fibre, and full of (fruit) sugar. Best to avoid altogether.

GreenEggsAndNichts Mon 11-Mar-13 01:15:25

Juicing oranges makes them a luxury item? confused So anything not in its original state should be a luxury item? That would include most items in the shop not found in either the produce section or the butcher counter.

KobayashiMaru Mon 11-Mar-13 08:59:42

Soups and yoghurt are not beverages, they are food.

ILikeBirds Mon 11-Mar-13 09:09:21

Any system that decides cake is not a luxury is fine by me grin

Trills Mon 11-Mar-13 09:22:08

Dividing foods into "healthy" and "unhealthy" is oversimplistic.

I agree that there should be no VAT at all on sanitary products.

INeedThatForkOff Mon 11-Mar-13 09:32:15

Is there VAT on fizzy drinks, cordials, tea and coffee?

NuhichNuhaymuh Mon 11-Mar-13 09:43:38

Tea and coffee are zero. Fizzy an cordial are zero standard rate

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