Tax-Free Shopping update | 24 luxury brands co-sign letter to the Chancellor

Walpole and 24 luxury brands and trade bodies have called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak once more to retain the tax-free shopping scheme.

On Tuesday 1st December, Helen Brocklebank sent a letter co-signed by Annoushka, Boodles, Browns Fashion, CHANEL, Church’s, ERDEM, FARFETCH, Ferragamo, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Johnstons of Elgin, LALIQUE, Longchamp, Mulberry, N PEAL, Paul Smith, Penhaligon’s, Rupert Sanderson, Smythson, Selfridges Group, New West End Company, Association of International Retail, Value Retail, and Watches of Switzerland to the Chancellor repeating the request that he retains the VAT Retail Export Scheme (VAT RES) and extends it to EU visitors. The Government has laid a statutory instrument to commence the legal process turning this decision into law today. Our campaign to get the Government to reverse this decision will continue despite this.

The Evening Standard took up the story in continued support of the industry’s efforts. You can read their coverage here and our letter to the Chancellor here: VAT RES Letter to Chancellor – 1 Dec 2020.
For more information, please contact Charlotte Keesing or Tania Pearson.
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