Kevin Reed, Accountancy Age, Friday 4 June 2010 at 09:50:00

VAT on certain products better than blanket rise to 20%, says Ian Cheshire

Levying VAT across more products is a better option than a blanket rise to20%, suggests the chief executive of Kingfisher.

Ian Cheshire, boss of the B&Q owners, said that while tax rises wereinevitable the government should look at the structure of the rise, reportedtheTimes.

He called for a "smarter" form of tax rises, around encouraging ordiscouraging certain forms of behaviour.

Cheshire pointed out that junk food was subject to sales tax but that no VATwas levied on sugar.

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