Changes to the 5% reduced rate for the hospitality sector

Back in July 2020 the VAT rate for the hospitality sector was reduced to 5% for –

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Cafes
  • Hot takeaway food


The reduced rate applies to food, accommodation and non-alcoholic beverages.

From 1 October 2021 the 5% rate will increase to 12.5%, this will apply until 31 March 2022 reverting to the standard rate after this date.


Some things to consider: –

  • The need to distinguish the different VAT rates applying to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Software and till updates necessary to facilitate the change. Best to contact providers as soon as possible to understand what changes are needed.


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