Fat VAT Bandwagon Spam

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15Minutes Oh, stop it. Now! The U.K. government has lowered value-added tax (VAT) by 2.5% recently, effective from 1-December-2008. Ever since the announcement, and still one week into December, I keep getting emails from various companies.

Even though the senders tend to be companies I bought from before (others go straight to my junk mail bin in the first place), they keep telling me how pleased they are to tell me that they pass on the 2.5% VAT reductions to their customers, and how I don’t need to do anything, and how it automatically works, effective 1-December-2008.

STOP IT! It’s the f*ing law, for crying out loud, not your gracious generosity.

The only email I’d expect to see in that context would be one that says “Sorry. Our chief IT guy is on skiing holidays and his underlings haven’t yet been able to figure out how to apply this change. We are now bringing in a consultant, and expect to refund any overcharged VAT in January.”

I have not received any of those of course.

There should be a law that prevents the government from making these changes without at least four full weeks notice, however. I understand there were quite a few issues related to orders made and accepted prior to the magical date, but effectively charged after December 1st. Not sure how the cost of effecting that change compares to the boost the economy is said to receive from it.


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