Heathrow Urges Court To Revive VAT-Free Shopping In UK

Law360, London (February 22, 2021, 3:21 PM GMT) -- Heathrow Airport urged an appeals court on Monday to quash the U.K. government's decision to scrap two tax relief schemes for tourists, arguing that the "irrational" move failed to take into account the program's wider economic benefits.

A lawyer for Heathrow Airport has said the government's reasons for withdrawing the tax relief on goods at duty-free and tax-free shops were "fundamentally flawed." (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Daniel Beard QC, counsel for the airport, said the government's reasoning that led it to withdraw the VAT Retail Export Scheme and the Extra Statutory Concession on goods at duty-free and tax-free shops in Britain was...

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