Who Is Right In the UK’s Battle On Airport Retailers?

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    On Tuesday I wrote about the interesting situation going on with airport shops in the UK, which is outraging consumers. To briefly summarize, basically UK airport retailers request your boarding pass when you purchase something, whether it's a pack of gum or an expensive bottle of champagne. The prices include VAT (value added tax), and they charge it to you regardless of whether you're traveling within the UK/EU or not. If you're traveling within the UK/EU, that VAT has to be paid to the government. If you're traveling outside the UK/EU, the retailers are pocketing the 20% VAT. To contrast that to the US system, here we have duty free shops which show prices without tax. If you are in fact traveling internationally (and can prove it by showing your boarding pass), you'll receive the tax free pricing. However, you can still buy something from the shop if traveling domestically, but tax will be added to the purchase price. The post Who Is Right In the UK’s Battle On Airport Retailers? appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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