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VAT re pet shop client

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Hi all

Bit of a long shot, but I am writing this on behalf of a client who runs a shop selling all things pets (apart from the actual pets themselves).

Does anyone know of any useful articles/pages that will give them a summary of what they should and should not be zero-rating?

Any help appreciated.

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By paul.benny
04th Aug 2020 13:47

There's so much VAT guidance freely available on gov.uk and most of the time it comes high up in search results.

Yet people still come on here and ask basic questions.

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By frankfx
04th Aug 2020 13:48

Reminds me of the famous

Norwegian Blue Parrott

Case study on pet shop supplies

Yours

M Palin

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By Les Howard
04th Aug 2020 15:15

Lovely plumage, as I recall.

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By lionofludesch
04th Aug 2020 15:58

If they're pets, pretty much everything is standard rated as far as I can think.

Now if we're talking about food for working dogs, there could be some loopholes.

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By Anonymous.
04th Aug 2020 17:12

lionofludesch wrote:

If they're pets, pretty much everything is standard rated as far as I can think.

Now if we're talking about food for working dogs, there could be some loopholes.

Some amazing facts on Google: "Wild bird food that you sell loose - for example that you measure out into a paper or plastic bag - is zero rated. But if it is packaged for retail sale it is standard rated. This includes things like nets of peanuts or similar bird food that you can hang from a tree."

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By Paul Crowley
04th Aug 2020 18:23

Rabbit food was a problem once.
Wholesaler selling at zero
But Standard rated for pet shops

Messed up all the Retail Scheme D calculations.

I agree practically nil zero

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By lionofludesch
04th Aug 2020 23:28

Paul Crowley wrote:

Rabbit food was a problem once.
Wholesaler selling at zero
But Standard rated for pet shops

Messed up all the Retail Scheme D

Well, yes. But you shouldn't have been using it anyway.

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By paul.benny
04th Aug 2020 19:56

Serious question on this subject. If a pet store decides it's too complex to work out what should be zero-rated and standard-rates the lot, how would HMRC react? Assume the store correctly accounts for all the VAT charged and so there's no question of unjust enrichment or any other errors.

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