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Which stores are keeping VAT at 15%?
I know that some Christmas shopping trips were fuelled by the rush to make the most of the reduced level of VAT before the end of the year. It turns out that many stores are not in a hurry to push VAT back up to 17.5% though. Perhaps they need more time to change all their pricing systems again - the British Retail Consortium says this admin costs retailers £100million. Or perhaps they want to attract more shoppers before bills and inflation creep in (I suspect the latter). Either way there are many big stores keeping VAT at 15% for now and for a while yet....
Argos - VAT staying at 15% until end of January when the new catalogue comes out.
BHS - VAT remaining at 15%
Boots - VAT being added to products gradually this month.
BT - VAT raised from 1 January.
Comet - No immediate plans to raise prices.
Debenhams - VAT will be increased on all items during January.
Dorothy Perkins - VAT remaining at 15%
Game - VAT remaining at 15%
HMV - VAT will increase on top-of-the-range items such as games consoles and electronics but not on CDs and DVDs for now.
Homebase - VAT going up now
House of Fraser - Existing stock will remain at lower rate. As new stock arrives it will be priced at 17.5% rate.
John Lewis - VAT remaining at 15% probably until February.
Maplin Electronics - VAT remaining at 15%
Marks & Spencer - VAT going up now although some food items will stay at 15% VAT until 11 January.
Miss Selfridge - VAT remaining at 15%
O2 - VAT already increased on monthly bills but not on top ups for mobile broadband Pay & Go.
Orange - Increases apply now on pay monthly tariffs and handsets, mobile and home broadband but not on pay-as-you-go tariffs or handsets and monthly prices for Superfast broadband.
Tesco - VAT frozen at 15% for many non-food items
T-Mobile -VAT increased from 1 January.
TopShop - VAT remaining at 15%
Virgin Media - VAT increased from 1 January.
Vodafone - VAT increased from 1 January.
But before we all get too used to the return (gradual or otherwise) of the 17.5% level of VAT, consider that it might go up a lot more this year. Think around the 20% mark.