UK To Charge VAT on Roaming Charges

March 9, 2017 Taxation in UK

Taxes on Roaming ChargesLONDON – Travelling is set to become more expensive for UK tourists, as new rules will see the cost of roaming data, calls and texts hiked by 20 percent.

On March 8th, the chancellor of the exchequer of the UK Philip Hammond announced that VAT will soon be applied to the roaming charges incurred by UK tourists.

The VAT will be levied on the roaming charges incurred by individuals using the services of a UK-based mobile-provider, when they are travelling outside of the EU-bloc.

The VAT will be levied at a rate of 20 percent, meaning that the cost of using roaming services while travelling will rise by 20 percent for all UK SIM card holders.

The Chancellor claimed that the new tax measure was introduced to combat tax evasion, and also to bring the tax treatment of roaming charges in line with international standard practice.

It was not made clear whether the VAT will apply to travelers using their phones in EU countries, after the UK leaves the EU.

It is expected that the tax measure would lead to tax revenues of GBP 305 million over the course of the next five years.