VAT outrage over mobile bills... or is there?
If you stopped for longer than a second to think how much money you paid in tax, you'd probably cry. Or start drinking. Or both. Or just fuck off somewhere hotter that lets you keep a little more of your hard earned coin.
So there are a few people upset to learn that the mobile service providers have been charging people the new rate of VAT on services provided before the 20% rate was introduced on 4th January.
Orange, Three, T-Mobile and Virgin Media are the guilty culprits according to the BBC. But before we all jump on the bandwagon and pronounce them Captain Bastard, it's worth pointing out that they don't get to keep the money and, according to Virgin Media at least, they've been consistent in their billing - when VAT dropped from 17.5% to 15%, customers received their new bill at the new lower rate.
Actually it's all a little more complicated than that, since most bills consist of two element; the minimum monthly tariff, paid for in advance (customers will have paid for their January tariff in December at the lower rate) - and the additional calls and services charged after the fact.
Orange suggest that only around 15% of their customers are affected by the time-shifting, VAT-rising head-spinning bollocks of it all. Listen, if you want to work out exactly how much you're out of pocket by, let us know. Sone of you avid readers will be good at maths and can probably figure it out. It's too much for us. We'll be crying and drinking.