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Guernsey votes against VAT introduction

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  • 25 August 2013 | Richard Asquith

Guernsey votes against VAT introduction

The Channel Island of Guernsey has voted against the introduction of a Goods & Sales Tax (similar to Value Added Tax).

Reduce spend rather than more taxes

The consultation with the public was taken as the costs of public health and pension spending become unmanageable.  Instead, the public views taken suggest a rising of the retirement age would be the preferred method of balancing the deficit.

Its neighboring island of Jersey introduced GST in 2008 at 3%.  It was then raised to 5% in 2011 to help fund rising government and social spending.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.