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Sports: VAT

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the decision by HM Revenue and Customs that the provision of sports league services is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport and the Olympics)

I recently wrote to the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, my hon. Friend Mr Gauke, about the VAT treatment of sports leagues. The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury clarified that the standard rate of VAT has always been in place for sports leagues. They issued the Revenue and Customs Brief 04/11 in February to make clear this position.

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