‚Äč

Simply fill out the form below to see if we can help.

Close X

Simply fill out the form below to request a demo for our online web 2 print and stock control service.

Close X

contact us

01235 520444

VAT Free Package

One stop shop:
The VAT-free package that means no Vat on your packaging as well as your printing

The Package test rule:

The package test is a concession offered to the printing trade, whereby a number of items sent out together can be VAT-free if the majority of the items are zero rated for VAT. This would include donation forms and envelopes which normally have VAT, as long as they are being sent out with brochures or books which are zero rated.

A package is a collection of printed matter enclosed in some sort of wrapper. The most common examples are:

  • packages contained in an outer polythene or paper envelope, such as a package sent to college alumni containing a newsletter, appeal brochure, donation forms and a reply-paid envelope;
  • folders with pockets into which are inserted a variety of forms, leaflets, etc.

The One stop shop rule:

If the production costs of the pack can be zero-rated (using the ‘package test’ rules), then packaging can be treated as an ancillary supply, and would attract the same VAT treatment as the principal supply (the pack itself). But the packaging needs to be managed by the same supplier who is producing the printed item from which the VAT relief derives.  

Managed by LeachPrint:

The final condition is that the company which is acting as the point of ‘single supply’ for both the print and the packaging, needs to have print production as its core activity.

(It can’t be your creative agency, or your postal provider, both of whose core services are standard-rated).

"We are delighted with our new school prospectus produced by Leach Print. The service provided was excellent and delivery was on schedule".

Tue 30 September 2014

We are here to help.

Contact us on 01235 520444 or use our quick enquiry form.

ENQUIRE NOW