The European Commission is currently consulting on changes to their VAT Directive.
Chris Davies will be submitting a response, calling for a VAT exemption for Mountain and Lowland Rescue Teams as part of a wider exemption for all Search and Rescue organisations.
Sea rescue services currently benefit from a wide-ranging VAT exemption. Our proposals would abolish the existing inequality of treatment by allowing all rescue organisations not to have to pay VAT whether land or sea.
By filling in your details below you will be added to the list of people submitting this consultation with Chris to the EU in time for it to make a difference. Names and addresses of people responding are public.
The detailed response is available on the link at the bottom of the summary.
Thanks for taking the time to support Chris Davies MEP and Tim Farron MP's campaign for a search and rescue VAT exemption.
This response to the consultation paper ‘Review of existing VAT legislation on public bodies and tax exemptions in the public interest’ is submitted in the name of Chris Davies MEP and a number of other individuals and organisations.
We believe that there is a public interest in exempting certain activities from VAT and specifically in exempting Search and Rescue service activities including both Mountain Rescue services and Lowland Rescue services. Articles 132-134 of the VAT Directive (2006/112/EC) currently exempt a number of activities carried out in the public interest by means of a list. This list is neither coherent nor complete. A wide-ranging exemption for rescue activities inserted into Article 132 would be a simple way of modernising and streamlining the Directive.
We believe this for the following reasons:
a) Some services are of manifest importance to the public good. There is a benefit to society in providing a tangible statement of support to them. A VAT exemption would be a way for the European Union to demonstrate its support for the societal benefit such organisations provide;
b) These services help to prolong life and health in citizens of the Union;
c) In many Member States of the European Union these services are partly, largely or wholly funded by voluntary donation. Support for organisations in the form of donations can be significantly weaker if there is a perception that part of the donation is subsequently passed to taxation authorities;
d) These services enable tourist or leisure activities to be carried out by citizens and therefore provide an economic benefit to Member States, yet remain non-commercial in nature;
e) A VAT exemption for these services commands widespread public support;
f) Sea rescue services currently benefit from a wide-ranging VAT exemption. The proposed amendment, which would include all rescue organisations in the scope of the exemption, would therefore simplify the Directive.
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