UK Government to Introduce Tax-Free Shopping Scheme
As part of September’s ‘mini budget’, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced that there will be a consultation on a new tax-free shopping scheme for Great Britain.
Government documents say:
‘The government will introduce a modern, digital, VAT-free shopping scheme with the aim of providing a boost to the high street and creating jobs in the retail and tourism sectors. The delivery will include modernising the scheme that currently operates in Northern Ireland and introducing a new digital scheme in Great Britain – a consultation will gather views on the approach and design of the scheme, to be delivered as soon as possible. The new VAT-free shopping scheme for non-UK visitors to Great Britain will enable them to obtain a VAT refund on goods bought in the high street, airports and other departure points and exported from the UK in their personal baggage.’