Beating the UK VAT Increase

David TurnerIn the United Kingdom, the Value Added Tax (purchase tax) rose from 17.5% to 20% on 1st January, 2011.

As both UK and European breeders will know, this tax is applied by all seed distributors to seeds that are mixed by them – e.g. a 50 / 50 blend of canary seed and millet, as well as many other examples. Such a tax is applied to anything that is regarded by the tax authorities as involving a service.

David Turner, a recent applicant for a position on the UK Budgerigar Society Council, has pointed out that a considerable saving on the total seed invoices we receive, can be made.

David says:

When ordering your next batch of seed etc., avoid (as far as possible) buying mixtures – and instead, mix your own on delivery.

This is an extra chore, but well worth the effort if you want to save hard earned money, which can then go to other areas of sharp financial increases – such as fuel, gas and electricity.

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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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