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Are PVC Banners vatable?

There are many printing products that are VAT exempt. It can be very confusing. Here is the total guide for what promotional printing products you have to pay VAT on and other products that you dont!

HMRC Guidelines

There are two categories for promotional printed items. Zero-rated which means they are exempt from VAT completely and Standard-rated which means VAT will be applied. 

The HMRC website has a detailed page explaining this but let’s take a look at our catalogue and see what is there status(this should be used as a guide only).

Print items that are zero rated:

  • Catalogues
  • Flyers (with no discount voucher)
  • Manuals
  • Brochures
  • Leaflets
  • Recipe books
  • Magazines
  • Sports programmes

Print items that are standard rated 20%:

  • PVC Banners
  • MESH Banners
  • Business cards
  • Posters
  • Letterheads
  • Compliment slips
  • Calendars
  • Invitation cards
  • Menus
  • Labels
  • Stickers

Do charities pay VAT on printing?

If you are a charity, there may be VAT exemptions on printing products otherwise considered as 20% standard rated. Guidance on this can be found here.

Conclusion and answer to your questions is YES, vat is to be paid on any banner type, from PVC Banners to roller banners.

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