101 Calls: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the contribution has been to the public purse from levying VAT on the 101 non-emergency police phone line.

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

The details that HMRC collects from taxpayers on their VAT returns are not specific enough to provide an estimate of VAT on 101 phone calls.

To minimise the administrative burden on businesses, they are only required to report the total VAT on all their taxable supplies of goods and services in the relevant period. It is therefore not possible to identify the types of supplies on which the VAT was charged.

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