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Working with a number of companies to quantify their potential VAT overpayment...
STS acts for a number of clients in the vaping industry and we regularly find ourselves discussing whether vaping equipment and refills are eligible for VAT at a 5% rate rather than the standard 20%.
This argument effectively hangs on whether vaping supplies constitute smoking cessation products (a view held by many leading scientists) and whether they are ‘pharmaceutical’ in nature.
We recommend that retailers of vaping products seek to protect their position in the event that HMRC agrees with this analysis. It is likely that such a decision will only be reached after a lead case has been heard at a Tax Tribunal however.
We are currently working with a number of companies to quantify their potential VAT overpayment over the past four years and are liaising with HMRC to protect their position.
Should you wish to consider a claim, we are happy to act on a contingent fee basis. Please contact us for further information.