Ancient Kingston church could be hit with £500k bill
By RachelEngland | Thursday, May 10, 2012, 20:54
Kingston's ancient All Saints Parish Church could face a half million pound tax bill under proposed tax changes.
All Saints Parish Church could face a hefty tax bill under proposed rules
George Osbourne has proposed abolishing zero VAT for alterations to
listed buildings, so protected buildings will be charged at the standard
20 percent rate from October. This would add an extra £450,000 to the
cost of All Saints Church's planned revamp, which will include building a
new community centre.
Member of the European Parliament Peter Skinner has written to the Chancellor, asking him to rethink his plans.
Labour MEP said: "All Saints Parish Church is a unique historical
landmark that should be preserved... I want the Chancellor to preserve
All Saints Parish Church, protect our history and support small
businesses by reversing this short-sighted VAT increase."