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Plans to charge VAT on 5-a-side football

The 150 plus sites around the country that offer all-weather pitches to play and train on for small sided football are poised to receive a VAT bill of 20 per cent from HMRC under proposals from the government.

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Tax on 5-a-side football

A row over a so-called 5-a-side football tax has begun.

thousands of people play in local leagues in our region, but it is claimed that 5-a-side players could have to pay an extra £1 a match because sports centres are being hit with a 20% VAT levy.

MPs are warning the tax threatens to stop people playing sport in the very year that we're meant to be showcasing our sporting skills in the Olympics. Jon Hill has the story.

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