Sanitary Protection: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Penn Baroness Penn Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the application of VAT to tampons at the end of the transition period of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and if the application of VAT is to be discontinued, what plans they have to ensure that support to projects currently funded by the Tampon Tax Fund continues.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton Minister of State (HM Treasury), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Government will replace the 5% reduced rate of VAT with a zero rate as soon as it is legally able to do so. It has also committed to continue to fund the Tampon Tax Fund until the UK is legally able to apply the zero rate. As such the Tampon Tax Fund, in its current form, will eventually come to an end. The most recent funding round allows organisations to use up to 10% of their grant money to build their sustainability.

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