News Corp UK & Ireland Ltd (Appellant) v Commissioners for His Majesty's Revenue and Customs (Respondent)
Case ID: 2021/0047
Whether the Court of Appeal erred in finding that News UK’s supplies of digital issues of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun were not supplies of “newspapers” within the meaning of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 (VATA) such that they could not be zero–rated for VAT.
News UK is the publisher of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun. News UK contends that the digital editions of these publications are subject to zero–rate VAT pursuant to Group 3 of Schedule 8 of VATA. In two decisions dated March 2015 and April 2018, HMRC found that News UK was not entitled to zero–rate the supply of these digital editions. News UK appealed these decisions in the First Tier Tribunal, which rejected the appeal. News UK then appealed to the Upper Tribunal, which allowed its appeal. HMRC appealed to the Court of Appeal, which allowed its appeal. News UK now seeks to appeal to the Supreme Court.
News Corp UK & Ireland Ltd
Commissioners for His Majesty's Revenue and Customs
Lord Hodge, Lord Kitchin, Lord Hamblen, Lord Leggatt, Lord Burrows
Hearing start date
22 November 2022
Hearing finish date
23 November 2022
|22 November 2022||Morning session||Afternoon session|
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