VAT and duties
Standard rate of VAT
It has been confirmed that the temporary cut in VAT will end on 1 January 2010 as planned, with the standard rate reverting from 15% to 17.5%.
The VAT flat rate scheme percentages have been recalculated accordingly, to ensure they are based on the 17.5% rate effective from 1 January 2010.
Alcohol and tobacco duty rates
As announced in the 2008 Pre-Budget Report, alcohol and tobacco duty rates will remain at current levels when the standard rate of VAT returns to 17.5% in January 2010.
Bingo duty is to be reduced from 22% to 20% from Budget 2010.