VAT cut to 5% for hotels and restaurants – but will you get a discount?
VAT has been temporarily cut from 20% to 5% for hospitality and tourism businesses, and a number of big chains including McDonald's and Nando's are slashing prices as a result. But businesses don't have to pass on the tax cut to customers – we've full info below on what the change means for you
15 July 2020
US firm demands VAT on apps bought up to two years ago - you DON'T have to pay
Had an email asking you to pay VAT on a past purchase from Squirrels? You don't have to
13 September 2017
Boost for airport shoppers as 'tax rip-off' review set for take-off
The Government has launched a review into airport retailers not passing on VAT discounts to shoppers
31 December 2015
Don't show boarding cards unless airport retailers pass on tax discounts, says Martin Lewis
The Treasury has called on shops to make sure they pass on tax savings to customers who buy goods at the airport
12 August 2015
Queen's Speech 2015: Taxes to be frozen for five years
Measures to ban income tax, VAT and national insurance rises over the next five years have been announced by the Queen
27 May 2015
EE refunds £1m after mistakenly charging VAT on non-EU data
Thousands of EE and T-Mobile customers are sharing a £1 million refund after being charged incorrect VAT rates
20 January 2015
Shopping outside the EU this Christmas? Beware of hidden fees
If you're looking for a bargain Christmas gift abroad make sure you factor in customs duty and VAT, warns HMRC
3 December 2014
Hotel chains not showing full prices with taxes
Nearly half major hotel chains in the UK are breaching regulations by not including VAT in headline prices, says Which?
30 August 2012
Inflation dives as economy put on 'negative outlook'
Hard-pressed families felt some relief last month as official figures revealed the rate of inflation fell to its lowest level in just under two years
14 February 2012
Amazon urges drop in ebook prices
25 February 2011
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Amazon Logistics tops MSE’s parcel delivery poll for first time – while CitySprint ranks bottom of the pile20 January 2022It comes after another challenging year for firms providing essential services amid the continuing pandemic.
19 January 2022The high street retailer has brought back its 'Price Advantage' initiative that it trialled last summer, which offers up to 50% off selected products.
Virgin Media offers automatic discounts to customers waiting on hold and seeking a price cut - but wait to speak to someone in person as you may be able to get a better deal19 January 2022Virgin Media is offering automated discounts to cable customers put on hold who call up seeking a price cut, MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) has learnt, although we've heard of users securing far better deals if they stay on the line and haggle in person.
Lloyds Bank ordered to settle two-year-old Section 75 claim involving PayPal - here's how you can fight for a refund too19 January 2022Lloyds Bank has been ordered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to settle a so-called 'Section 75' claim that is almost two-years old after the high-street lender tried to avoid making a payout because the items were bought via PayPal.
Martin Lewis: Pay more than £10/mth on your mobile bill? You’re probably burning cash – here’s how to cut costs18 January 2022Bill payers may be surprised to learn that if they’re paying more than £10 a month for their mobile phones, they may be burning through cash. That’s the message from MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) founder Martin Lewis this week as he offers tips on cutting the costs of your phone bill.
10 January 2022This is my sixth annual steps blog. My well-documented obsession with the 'quantified self' is showing no sign of abating. According to my tracker, I did 9,284,614 steps (nearly 400,000 more than last year) – a ridiculous, hopefully healthy obsession.
29 November 2021I was invited on to BBC Radio 2 Vine's 'What Makes Us Human' programme. The brief: "write then read out an essay on one unique element of humanity, interspersed with some autobiographical notes".
21 September 2021There are more myths and misunderstandings about student finance than any other subject. So in this blog is my updated 2021/22 version of the must knows, with links to far more info.
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