HM Revenue and Customs Brief 20/10
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Issued 9 April 2010
VAT: Zero-rating - Changes to zero-rate on Caravans.
This Revenue & Customs Brief announces a change to the dimensions of caravan
that will be eligible to be zero-rated.
Effect of change
From 20 April 2010 the minimum width of caravan that will be eligible to be
zero-rated will rise from 2.3 metres to 2.55 metres. The minimum length will
remain unchanged at 7 metres.
All caravans less than 2.55 metres wide (and less than 7 metres long) will be
subject to VAT at the standard rate - currently 17.5 per cent.
This change means that from 20 April 2010, the zero-rate will cease to apply
to the sale of second hand caravans that are 2.55 metres wide or less and that
were originally supplied zero-rated. HMRC are currently considering the VAT
treatment of the sale of these second-hand caravans and will be issuing further
Background and reason for change
The legislation for the zero-rate for caravans is contained in Group 9 of
Schedule 8 to the VAT Act 1994 and is directly linked to Regulation 8 of the
Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 which determines the
maximum size of a trailer (including caravans) that may legally be towed by
Following infraction proceedings by the European Commission, the UK now needs
to permit the same width trailers (including caravans) to be towed by cars on
the public highway as in other parts of Europe. The Department of Transport are
therefore amending Regulation 8 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)
Regulations 1986 to increase the maximum trailer width from 2.3 metres to 2.55
metres with effect from 20 April 2010.
Since the zero rate for caravans is directly linked to the Road Vehicles
(Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, any increase in the size of trailers
(including. caravans) has an automatic corresponding impact on the zero rate for
caravans. From 20 April 2010, any supply of a caravan with a width of less than
2.55 and with a length of less than 7 metres will be taxable at the standard
rate (17.5 per cent).
An update to Public Notice 701/20 Caravans and Houseboats will be published
in due course.
Further information may be obtained from the Helpline on 0800 010 9000.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-06-14 12:01:34 in Tax Articles