This happens seemingly every time I ask for a quote from a tradesperson:
Trades: The cost of the project is £nnnn.
Me: Is that with VAT included, not included or not applicable?
Trades: No VAT
So then I have to ask:
Me: Sorry - do you mean VAT isn't included, or it's not applicable?
How can I more reliably avoid this follow up question?
(Feel free to suggest a better, more general title for this question, obviously this isn't really about sales tax!)
My question is how to phrase the question to get to an unambiguous answer faster.