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Sunak Delays Consideration of U.K. Online Sales Tax to the Fall

Feb. 19, 2021, 5:00 AM

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak plans to delay consideration of an online sales tax until the fall as the pandemic prolongs uncertainty in the U.K. economy, two people familiar with the matter said.

The proposals, including a 2% tax on physical goods sold online, formed part of a wider review into the country’s business rates aimed at ensuring bricks-and-mortar shops aren’t at a disadvantage to online retailers. They were put to consultation last July, and an interim report is due next month.

Rishi Sunak
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