I can’t seem to wade through the legalese concerning this article on the BBC, all I know is that there is a huge picture of my new favorite chocolate snack–individually wrapped for my convenience–from my favorite store in the UK, the M&S food hall. The article has something to do with millions of pounds in taxes (VAT, something I still don’t understand after 18 months in the UK) and the umm distinction (?) between a cake or biscuit:
Cake or biscuit
UK tax officials acknowledged that chocolate teacakes had been wrongly classed as biscuits in 1994, prompting M&S to launch a legal battle to have the wrongly-paid VAT returned.
Under UK tax rules, most traditional bakery products such as bread, cakes, flapjacks and Jaffa Cakes are free of VAT, but the tax is payable on cereal bars, shortbread and partly-coated or wholly-coated biscuits.
Yeah I don’t see the distinction, and it only adds to my sense that modern legal battles are mostly silly and full of tiny details that are completely opaque to the non-lawyer. Oh well. Regardless, the whole thing sure does make me crave an M&S chocolate thingy whatever it is (cake or biscuit? we may never know)