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Coronavirus and VAT relief: temporary zero rating of PPE

5 May 2020


HMRC has been announcing VAT reliefs to help people and businesses affected by coronavirus. As well as bringing forward the zero-rating of the supply of electronic publications to 1 May 2020 (as we reported here), HMRC has introduced a temporary VAT zero rate for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).  The zero rate will take effect for supplies of PPE made between 1 May 2020 and 31 July 2020.

Products covered by the zero rate include:

  • disposable gloves
  • disposable plastic aprons
  • disposable fluid-resistant coveralls or gowns
  • surgical masks – including fluid-resistant type IIR surgical masks
  • filtering face piece respirators
  • eye and face protection – including single or reusable full face visors or goggles

More detailed information is available in the government’s policy paper here.

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