Change in law could leave Bomber Command Memorial with £250k VAT bill

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The Bomber Command Memorial to 55,573 airmen who died in the Second World War could be hit by a £250,000 VAT bill because of a change in the law.

A Government scheme which exempts memorials from VAT expires on Jan 4, and with work on the £4.9m monument now scheduled to begin in May, tax will be payable on labour costs and professional fees.

Unless the Treasury agrees to waive the fee, it means the Bomber Command Association, which had met its fundraising target thanks largely to the generosity of readers of the Telegraph, will now have to raise more money before the work can begin....

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