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VAT on dried sweetened cranberries

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I was looking at my grocery receipt and noticed I had been charged 5% VAT on a pack of dried sweetened cranberries.

Does anyone happen to know why this might be?

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By DJKL
10th Nov 2018 19:35

Not sure why 5%, could see vat @ 20% possibly being applied based on the "sweetened" part if that constituted a coating making it a snack but presume, re the 5%, you are expected to burn them in an open fire.

See 3.6

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/food-products-and-vat-notice-70114#general-v...

"Sweet tasting dried fruit held out for sale as confectionery, snacking"

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By Ruddles
10th Nov 2018 21:19

Possibilities:

a) there’s a composite supply involved

b) the retailer got it wrong

c) you’ve mis-read the receipt

d) you’ve made the whole thing up

e) ...

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By Portia Nina Levin
11th Nov 2018 12:14

Are they used for birth control? Or perhaps as a means of insulation?

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By breakaway.barry
16th Nov 2018 11:49

Do you intend to consume them whilst renovating an eligible dwelling that has not been lived in during the 2 years immediately before your work starts?

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By Tom 7000
16th Nov 2018 12:05

NO! you are mixing that up with Gingerbread

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By C Graham
16th Nov 2018 12:20

These were not just any cranberries - these were special magic cranberries

In the process of drying them all draughts were excluded from infiltrating the fruit therefore they fall under

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-on-energy-saving-materials-and-heating-e...

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By Myshkin
16th Nov 2018 15:28

Could be something to do with the Scottish ski industry.

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By Duggimon
16th Nov 2018 15:41

One in every four covered in chocolate?

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By Portia Nina Levin
16th Nov 2018 16:32

With the exception of biscuits, covering things in chocolate does not, of itself, change the VAT rate.

The question in relation so things other than biscuits is, has something been done to change them from food to confectionery. Sweetening them may have already done that.

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By C Graham
16th Nov 2018 17:39

but not qualifying the 5% vat

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By bettybobbymeggie
28th Nov 2018 19:06

Well finally Lidl came back and stated that VAT rates are set by....HMRC. So that's OK then.

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By paulwakefield1
29th Nov 2018 09:25

These big supermarkets do like their 5% rates! It is just like Asda charging 5% on petrol and diesel - my thread a few months ago which I can't be bothered to find the link to :-)

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