VAT and New Year's Eve traders

If you are going to be out celebrating on New Year's Eve or indeed if your business will be operating over midnight, you will be glad to hear that the government has announced a relaxation of the VAT rules.

Pubs, clubs, restaurants and other retail businesses remaining open past midnight on New Year's Eve will be allowed to continue charging VAT at 15% on their sales until they close or until 6am on 1 January 2010, whichever is the earlier. Similar arrangements will apply to telecommunications companies in respect of calls and texts made up to 6am on 1 January.