|Date:||12 July 2010|
|Contacts:||Melanie Lührmann , Andrew Leicester , Matthew Wakefield , Stuart Adam , David Phillips , Peter Levell , Cormac O'Dea and Thomas Crossley|
During the period that VAT was lower, IFS researchers carried out an interim evaluation of the effectiveness of the policy. This work was presented at a conference organised by the IMF and drew widespread interest from policy makers in the UK and abroad. Following on from this work, IFS researcher Thomas Crossley was asked to present the analysis to officials at HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs and at the Australian Department of Treasury.