Single-use carrier bags: compulsory charge in Wales
From 1 October 2011 a compulsory charge (initially set at a minimum of 5 pence) applies to single-use carrier bags which retailers must charge to their customers.
Retailers outside Wales who deliver goods to customers in Wales using single-use carrier bags must make the charge also.
In order that customers pay the same amount regardless of the VAT status of the business, the stated minimum charge (initially 5 pence) is the minimum total to be charged by non-VAT registered businesses.
The charge is consideration for the bag and is taxable at the standard rate of VAT. The minimum charge is deemed to include VAT when charged by a VAT registered business i.e. a VAT registered business would charge 4.17p plus VAT.