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Pringles ARE Potato Crisps (Chips) Answered

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Procter & Gamble will be forced to pay tens of millions of pounds in VAT after losing a legal battle with the (UK) taxman over its Pringles snack.

The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Inland Revenue, which maintained that Pringles constitute a potato snack and are, therefore, liable for VAT (tax). The Appeal Court judges disagreed with a previous ruling that the low potato content (42%) exempted Pringles from VAT.

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Doctor What (author)2009-05-21

I was watching a food network special, and it said that after losing a court battle, pringles could not call themselves a "potato crisp (chip)". Hmmm... Restricted from the title, but still has to pay taxes? Sounds like America, not Britain.

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lemonie (author)Doctor What2009-05-21

It does, legal technicalities over junk-food can be interesting, (which is why I posted it) L

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Doctor What (author)lemonie2009-05-23

I love junk food laws, especially like the "McDonalds Coffee" cases (which is why I commented on your thread).

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lemonie (author)Doctor What2009-05-24

McDonald's can afford it - obvious choice. As far as lawyers go, there's a big pot o'gold at the end of the golden-arches...

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Doctor What (author)lemonie2009-05-24

Even though McDonald's can afford it, they still shouldn't be responsible for the mentally disrupted people who decide to sue over spilled coffee. No one in their right mind should need a warning that "coffee is hot". It reminds me of a debate in class. "Starbucks may warn you that coffee is hot, but it doesn't warn you that rubbing it all over your face will give you second degree burns, it's assumed."

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lemonie (author)Doctor What2009-05-25

Well aye, but all these people in Law School will need jobs when they graduate... L

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KentsOkay (author)2009-05-22

Is this what the world has come to?

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lemonie (author)KentsOkay2009-05-22

Yes, plenty of money to be made in litigation. L

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KentsOkay (author)lemonie2009-05-22
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Chicken2209 (author)2009-05-21

what? why now? I heard this years ago...

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lemonie (author)Chicken22092009-05-21

It's a very recent ruling. Can you post a link to what you heard years ago? L

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Chicken2209 (author)lemonie2009-05-21

oh sorry, i skimmed through it and misread it

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Goodhart (author)2009-05-21

LOL the economy is going under....so there has to be some politician pouring over whether Pringles makes chips (crisps) or a snack (um, over here, it is all of the above ;-)

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lemonie (author)Goodhart2009-05-21

What are these in tax terms then (where you live)? L

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2009-05-21

I believe they come under food ( not taxed )

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-05-21

>>Pringles ARE Potato Crisps (Chips) Well...yeah.

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lemonie (author)Lithium Rain2009-05-21
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whatsisface (author)2009-05-21

What happened to Jaffa Cakes? I seem to remember they were in a battle over whether they were cakes or biscuits once...

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lemonie (author)whatsisface2009-05-21

The courts ruled in favour of Mcvities: cakes. VAT exempt L

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-05-21

The ruling boiled down to:

If it goes soft as it goes stale, it's a biscuit.
If it goes hard as it goes stale, it's a cake.

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-05-21

I think both cakes and biscuits are exempt. The VAT claim was based upon these being luxury (chocolate-covered) items. It was "cake" in the end as I remember it? L (have to account for a lot of recoverable VAT....)

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-05-21

Now I gotta look to see what the other 58% of the ingredients are...ohhh salt.

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lemonie (author)caitlinsdad2009-05-21

And fat, and some other starch. From a VAT perspective I think this a sound ruling. L

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