Sanitary Protection: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Labour/Co-operative, Walthamstow

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised for the public purse as a result of the application of VAT on sanitary products in each of the last five years.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

Sanitary products are subject to the 5% reduced rate of VAT, the lowest rate permitted under current EU VAT rules. Until the UK leaves the EU, we remain a full member with all of the rights and obligations that membership entails. Finance Act 2016 included legislation to introduce a zero rate of VAT for sanitary products at the earliest opportunity.

HMRC estimates that VAT receipts from the sale of sanitary products are approximately £15m in each of the last five years. In 2015, the Government announced a new fund awarding an equivalent £15 million a year to projects that improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls. Since 2016, over eighty charities have received grants totalling £47 million from this Tampon Tax Fund.

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