Sunscreens: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 9th September 2020.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has any plans to reduce VAT on sunscreen, which is currently not classified as an essential health product.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Under the current VAT rules, sun protection products are subject to the standard rate of VAT. High-factor sunscreen is on the NHS prescription list for certain conditions and is provided VAT free when dispensed by a pharmacist.

Expanding the scope of the current VAT relief would come at a considerable cost to the Exchequer. Therefore, while all taxes are kept under review, there are currently no plans to reduce VAT on sunscreen products.

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