As announced at budget 2021, the government will be legislating to:
• extend the temporary reduced rate of VAT of 5% until 30 September 2021
• prepare for a new rate of 12.5% from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022
The supplies to which the temporary reduced rates will apply remain the same.
1.1 This notice
This notice explains when food can be zero rated. It's been updated from the 2014 version to include references to the temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT that will apply to supplies of food (excluding alcoholic drinks) for consumption on the premises on which it is supplied and to supplies of hot takeaway food (excluding alcoholic drinks) between 15 July 2020 and 31 March 2021.
You should refer to 'Catering, takeaway food' (VAT Notice 709/1) for further information.
All references in this notice to “temporarily reduced rate” or “temporary reduced rate” are to supplies made between 15 July 2020 and 31 March 2021 that temporarily benefit from the reduced rate.
Main narrative treatment—V4.217–V4.225.
1.2 Who should read this notice
You should read this notice if you're a food:
VATA 1994, of which:
• section 30 states that supplies of goods and services specified in VATA 1994 Sch 8 are zero-rated; and
• Sch 8 Group 1 specifies when food of a kind used for human consumption is zero-rated.
2 General VAT liability rules
2.1 Food supplied in the course of catering
You must always standard rate food supplied in the course of