easyJet eyes overseas tour operator launch to avoid VAT

28th Dec 2010
easyJet eyes overseas tour operator launch to avoid VAT

easyJet could launch its new low-cost tour operation outside the UK in a bid to save millions in VAT. easyJet Holidays – a joint venture between easyJet and Lowcost Travel – is expected to be registered in Switzerland in a bid to sidestep VAT under the Tour Operator’s Margin Scheme.

Should the model prove successful it could pave the way for other tour operators to register overseas.

According to sources close to the deal say easyJet should save about £10 million in VAT over three years.

An easyJet spokesman said: ‘EasyJet as a matter of principle looks to structure its business efficiently and in accordance with any legislation.”

“The exact structure is still being finalised and we will look to engage with Revenue & Customs to ensure they are aware from the outset how easyJet Holidays will operate.”




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