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Vijay the plumber put in an new bathroom for us. he charges 2200 pounds plus 17 and a half percent VAT. what was the total we paid?

I need to know how much we all paid and how much is 17 and 1/2 percent VAT. Is it add or times or is  all of the formulas.
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Hi Merin,
 
VAT is a tax, like sales tax.
 
The VAT rate is 17.5%.
 
You can determine the total in two ways.
 
1)
2000 * .175 = 350
2000 + 350 = 2350
 
or
2)
Express the VAT as a factor which represents the increase to the total price.
17.5% would be expressed as a factor: 1.175
2000 (1.175) = 2350