Celebrities back campaign to axe VAT on gas safety certificates and other landlord safety products

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

When Ultravox singer Midge Ure sang 'it means nothing to me' he probably wasn't talking about how much VAT he thought should be charged on home safety products.

But now, Ure, alongside Liverpool and England footballer Jamie Carragher and west end actress Carley Stenson, is among stars backing a campaign to abolish VAT on safety products.

They are supporting the axe safety tax campaign launched by technology software company Gas Tag.  This should help cashflow for both agents and Landlords in making rental properties compliant with new regulations.

Rhe government is being urged to scrap the 20% tax on a range of products and services including fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, gas safety checks, fire doors and fire extinguishers.

Paul Durose, of Gas Tag, said 'at a time when safety in the home is so high on the political agenda, it is a disgrace that safety products are taxed as if they are luxury items'

In sharp contrast, annual MOT inspections which are also intended to save lives are zero rated for VAT.

A petition has been set up for the parliament website, which has attracted around 300 signatures so far.