Maugham took HMRC to court in an effort to discover if it was looking at whether Uber had paid the correct amount of VAT. In recent US filings, Uber said that HMRC was “seeking to classify the company as a transportation provider”, which would require it to pay VAT.
Richard Murphy at Tax Research UK said the Supreme Court’s decision could lead to a clampdown on Uber by EU countries. “If they’ve got a VAT liability in the UK, my suggestion is they have a VAT liability in every country in the EU as well. They have got a substantial VAT bill,” he said.
VAT is incident upon consumers. Thus the campaign is that you should pay more tax for taking an Uber.