The bread used to make Subway sandwiches isn’t legally bread.
At least that’s what Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday after an Irish Subway franchise tried to get out of paying value added tax (VAT) on its foodstuffs. The franchise, Bookfinders Ltd, argued that its bread was a staple food and should therefore be exempt from the tax, The Guardian explained. But Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 has a very clear definition of bread: It can’t contain more sugar than 2 percent of the weight of flour in its dough.
Subway’s bread, however, contains five times more sugar than that.
“In this case, there is no dispute that the bread supplied by Subway in its heated sandwiches has a sugar content of 10% of the weight of the flour included in the dough, and thus exceeds the 2% specified in subpara,” the court ruled.
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