While TS has free lunches coming out of its ears, so to speak, it seems VAT commissioners have to rely on disputes to get grub on expenses. The latest dispute is over whether or not fruit juices are standard-rated for VAT, or zero-rated. In other words, should vegetable juices be considered a drink or food? So to find out, the VAT commissioners obviously had to sample the drinks.
Gazpacho soup was also provided, as was some lemon juice and, most bizarrely, a Slim-Fast shake. After many sips and a consideration of the law, Grove Fresh, the juicers in question, lost. Vegetable fruit juice is, for the record, standard-rated.
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