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NHS benefactor hit with VAT bill

8th June 2012

A widower who donated £2.3 million to help refurbish a specialist NHS cancer care unit in London has been landed with a VAT bill for the building work.

Jimmy Thomas, 78, donated the money in memory of his wife Alma following treatment at the Royal Marsden cancer centre, in Chelsea, west London, before she died from ovarian cancer in 2008. But he was stunned when the hospital received a tax bill for £460,000 for the refurbishment of the Ellis Ward at the hospital because it was classed as a “rebuild” which is subject to 20% VAT.

 

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