Mountain rescue teams should be exempt from VAT – Cope

Pat the Cope Gallagher

The EU Commission is being asked to address an anomoly in Irish law which means VAT is charged on equipment bought by mountain and lowland rescue teams, and also on defibrillators purchased by charities, community groups, and sports clubs.

North West MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher is one of a number of members who made the submission as part a public consultation by the European Commission Directorate responsible for Taxation and Customs.

He says while such land based organisations must pay VAT on purchases of vital equipment, while marine based organisations are exempt.

It's an anomoly he wants to see ended as quickly as possible.............