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Issued 15 September 2011

VAT: postal and postbus services - autumn 2011

Consequential amendments to VAT legislation following the implementation of the Postal Services Act 2011

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is amending the VAT legislation relating to supplies by a universal service provider of passenger transport and postal services, following the implementation of the Postal Services Act 2011 (PSA 2011). The amendments, which take effect on 1 October 2011, simply maintain the current VAT treatment of these supplies, but are necessary to reflect changes to the postal services regime.

PSA 2011, which received Royal Assent on 13 June 2011, provides for the introduction of a regulatory framework based on general authorisation to replace the licensing regime that was introduced under the Postal Services Act 2000 (PSA 2000). As Group 3 (Postal Services) of Schedule 9 (Exemptions) to the Value Added Tax Act 1994 refers to a licence duty that will no longer exist after the regulatory changes are made, HMRC are amending the legislation to maintain the scope of the VAT exemption for postal services. Similarly, HMRC are amending Group 8 (Transport) of Schedule 8 (Zero-Rating) to the Act to reflect the fact that PSA 2011 has superseded PSA 2000.

The amendments to the VAT legislation are being made by the Postal Services Act 2011 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) Order 2011 (SI 2011/2085).

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