Many in the hospitality sector were hoping that the Chancellor would extend the 12.5% reduced rate that has applied since 1 October 2021 but, as scheduled, the rate has reverted to 20% from 1 April 2022.
The increase will apply to hospitality, visitor attractions and catering services including restaurants and takeaways.
This has a consequential effect on the VAT Flat Rate Scheme percentages from 1 April 2022 as set out below (flat scheme percentage rates from 1st April 2022):
- Catering services including restaurants and takeaways:12.5%
- Hotel or accommodation: 10.5%
- Pubs: 6.5%
Affected businesses should ensure that their pricing policies and internal systems and processes are updated for the 1 April 2022 change in VAT rate. Please talk to us if you need any assistance with your VAT affairs.