Su­per­mar­ket vic­tory saves 15,000 ATMS

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By and

Sam Barker

Katie Mor­ley Hole-in-the-wall cash ma­chines were handed a rare vic­tory yes­ter­day as super­mar­kets won a le­gal bat­tle to end a tax which was threat­en­ing the clo­sure of 15,000 ATMS.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op­er­a­tive and cash ma­chine op­er­a­tor Cardtron­ics Eu­rope won an Ap­peal Court case in which they ar­gued against some re­tail­ers be­ing taxed around £3,000 a year to host cash­points.

Shops with cash ma­chines have had to pay higher busi­ness rates since 2013, when the Gov­ern­ment’s Val­u­a­tion Of­fice Agency de­part­ment said they would be sub­ject to sep­a­rate rates.

The de­ci­sion was back­dated to 2010, and re­tail­ers were faced with large bills from their lo­cal coun­cils.

Super­mar­kets ar­gued that th­ese ma­chines are not part of their shops and so should not be in­cluded in rates cal­cu­la­tions.

A spokesman at re­tail an­a­lyst firm Al­tus said smaller shops had been the worst hit by the bills, which had threat­ened to close some ATMS.

He said: “The big super­mar­kets have quite deep pock­ets but the small re­tail­ers, your av­er­age newsagents, they have been shafted, so to speak.”

The Ap­peal Court to­day backed the super­mar­kets and said the ma­chines will no longer be sub­ject to the ex­tra taxes.

The Ap­peal Court judg­ment by Lord Jus­tice Lind­blom said: “I would al­low the ap­peals of Sainsbury, Tesco, the Co-op and Cardtron­ics, and dis­miss that of the Val­u­a­tion Of­fi­cers.” The de­ci­sion was backed by fel­low judges Lady Jus­tice King and Dame Eliz­a­beth Gloster.

It comes af­ter a study by Which? found cash ma­chines have been dis­ap­pear­ing at a rate of 300 a month, with ru­ral ar­eas hard­est hit.

The rate of clo­sures in­creased six­fold in the pe­riod from Novem­ber 2017 to April this year from a steady pace of 50 per month since 2015, it found.

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