Hotel and Holiday Accommodation VAT

18 Oct 2021

HMRC have issued an updated version of VAT Notice 709/3 entitled ‘Hotels and holiday accommodation’

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HMRC have issued an updated version of VAT Notice 709/3 entitled ‘Hotels and holiday accommodation’. The notice has been updated to reflect the change in the reduced rate of VAT for tourism and hospitality to 12.5% from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The VAT rate is expected to revert to the standard rate from 1 April 2022.

The notice explains how supplies by hotels and similar establishments such as motels, guesthouses and B&Bs should be treated for VAT purposes. In addition, the notice also covers the VAT treatment of holiday accommodation such as caravans and camping facilities.

There are areas that hotel operators should be aware of such as the special rules that may allow sleeping accommodation to be VAT exempt if a guest stays for over 28 consecutive days. Hoteliers should also be aware of the VAT rules relating to deposits, cancellation, and other charges relevant to the hotel industry.

The notice includes sections on:

  • Hotels, inns, boarding houses, and similar establishments
  • Long stay guests
  • Accommodation supplied for catering and other supplies
  • Holiday homes
  • Camping and caravans
  • Deposits, cancellations, and other charges
  • Examples of how to calculate reduced VAT value under the temporary reduced rate

Please contact us if you need any help in understanding the VAT notice better.

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