Veterinary Services: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 26th May 2021.

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Photo of James Davies James Davies Conservative, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the rate of VAT on (a) veterinary services and (b) animal medications as a means of promoting animal welfare.

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

Under the VAT rules, veterinary medicines supplied to certain charities may be eligible for a zero rate of VAT. Otherwise, veterinary services and animal medications are subject to the standard rate of VAT.

Changing the rate of VAT on veterinary services and animal medication would come at a considerable cost to the Exchequer. The Government has no current plans to change the VAT treatment of such services and goods, but keeps all taxes under review

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