TaxCorporate TaxUnilever wins ‘smoothie’ VAT appeal

Unilever wins 'smoothie' VAT appeal

Courts rule that Unilever's Vie shots are not taken to 'slake thirst', and are therefore VAT free

Unilever
won its VAT appeal against HM Revenue & Customs over whether its Vie
shot was a food or beverage.

Sir Stephen Oliver decided at a VAT tribunal that the shot, which contains
sweetcorn, pineapple and passion fruit, was a food and not a beverage, so was
VAT free.

HMRC
has previously said that smooothies should
attract VAT
because they ‘slaked the thirst of drinkers’, reported The
Daily Telegraph
.

Alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee and beverages including fruit juices and
bottled water are subject to VAT.

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