UK’s Sunak plans to raise property tax threshold, cut VAT for hospitality sector – The Times

FAN Editor

July 6, 2020

(Reuters) – British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak plans to raise the property tax threshold to as high as 500,000 pounds ($623,700) and temporarily cut the value-added tax (VAT) in the hospitality sector, in measures to kickstart Britain’s economy, The Times reported on Sunday.

Sunak will reveal plans this week to lift the threshold at which people start paying stamp duty from 125,000 sterling to as much as 500,000 sterling in an attempt to exempt most homebuyers from paying any stamp duty, the newspaper reported.

According to the report, Sunak’s plans will also include a temporary VAT cut for pubs, restaurants and cafés to help to protect 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality sector.

Britain’s hospitality sector has called for ‘urgent’ support from Prime Minister Borish Johnson, with around 120 hospitality and tourism bosses signing an open letter asking for aid and investment, BBC reported on Sunday.

Exemption in the stamp duty payment for the planned threshold is for a temporary period and could go up to a year, the report said, citing government sources.

Sunak is set to make an announcement on Wednesday on the government’s job support schemes and its plans to steer the world’s fifth-biggest economy away from its coronavirus lockdown slump which caused a 20% contraction in output in April.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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