Subway bread is not technically bread in any respect, not less than not in Eire. The Irish Supreme Court docket dominated that the stuff that encases a Subway sandwich incorporates an excessive amount of sugar to legally rely as bread.
As humorous as this sounds, it ought to be famous it is a fairly arcane authorized ruling — clearly a Subway sandwich is made with bread, however sometimes courts have to think about the substances of a meals merchandise to find out its standing for tax functions.
The ruling was prompted after a Subway franchisee in Eire tried to assert exemption from VAT, a gross sales tax that is not utilized to staple gadgets. Tax legal guidelines set a authorized definition of what counts as a staple and ought to be exempted from tax so the worth stays inexpensive to all.
The sugar in a bread product’s dough should weigh lower than 2% of the burden of the flour, to ensure that that product to keep away from the tax. The stuff on the Subway menu is 5 instances over that restrict and subsequently cannot legally be thought of a staple.
So who’s hungry?