Now that’s not something you see every day: a static caravan involved in a u-turn.
Budget 2012 proposed introducing VAT at the standard rate of 20% to the supply of static caravans from October 2012.
Static caravans are currently zero rated for VAT, with only their fixtures and fittings being subject to the standard rate.
Predictably the holiday industry didn’t like the idea of charging their largely non-VAT registered customers 20% VAT and kicked up a stink.
Then the static caravan was involved in a u-turn.
George Osborne said that plans to tax static caravans at 20% will be altered. They will now attract VAT at a reduced rate of 5% from next April. Unless he changes his mind again.