Does anyone remember the up roar caused in the 2012 budget when George Osborne attempted to raise the tax bought on hot food? No? That’s a shame as its the reason why you have to pay 20p extra when you say dine in at Costa and Starbucks or wherever else you get your mid morning
Does anyone remember the up roar caused in the 2012 budget when George Osborne attempted to raise the tax bought on hot food? No? That’s a shame as its the reason why you have to pay 20p extra when you say dine in at Costa and Starbucks or wherever else you get your mid morning pastry.
Greggs claimed that the increase in tax would lead to closing stores, while the Master Bakers Association (Yes it is real and not some dirty pun) created an online petition which received over half a million signatures opposing tax.
The confusion arose as to whether hot bread (and other baked products) in the process of cooling down should be taxed while it was hot but not cold. The law states that if you sell freshly cooked products for consumption while they are still hot they are standard-rate VAT, If they are sold warm simply because they happen to be freshly baked, are in the process of cooling down and are not intended to be eaten while hot; or cold or chilled at the time of purchase, they can be zero-rated.
But the Pasty Tax caused such a storm and prompted a discussion of whether the conservative party was in touch with the ordinary people. What emerged was a series of photos of politicians trying to show that they enjoyed things that the common folk did- obviously hilarity ensued. David Cameron claimed he was a regular pasty eater and he claimed that the last one he ate was at Leeds Station (2012), but Cam couldn’t catch a break, as the pasty outlet had closed in 2007- DOUGH! The Media created some delicious headlines like “Who Vat All The Pies” (The Sun) and “Lukewarm Budget Reception” (The Guardian) “ Save our Savories” (Daily Mail) and finally “Labour ‘dines out’ on Pasty Tax” (Telegraph). But what you really want to see are politicians looking like fools Right?