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Zero VAT on food. There is the consent of the European Union. “More flexibility of the member states”

Tuesday (December 7) arrangements make it possible to apply heavily reduced rates, i.e. lower than 5%. and 0 percent VAT rates for seven specific categories of goods and services listed in the Annex to the Directive. These include, but are not limited to, medications, books, solar panels and medical devices.

There is an agreement on VAT rates

The agreement on this matter was adopted unanimously. The draft will be discussed for consultation on the final text with a deadline of March 2022. The provisions will enter into force 20 days after their publication in the Official Journal.

“From the very beginning, Poland strongly supported the swift adoption of the reform of the VAT system in the EU in order to ensure greater flexibility and equal access to the reduced VAT rates for the Member States,” commented the Polish Permanent Representation to the European Union on Twitter. The European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, also expressed satisfaction with the agreement.

“The agreement on the modernization of the rules on VAT rates is very good news. This is the result of long negotiations and proof that anything is possible for a wanter, that a lot can be done for Europe. Member States will have more flexibility and their national VAT systems will do better. reflect national policy decisions in line with common European priorities such as the ecological and digital transformation and, of course, the protection of public health, “commented the EU Commissioner.

The government has announced a reduction in VAT rates for food

Earlier, when presenting the anti-inflation package, the government announced that it could reduce VAT on food to zero. The Prime Minister emphasized that the European Commission never agreed to reduce this fee to zero. The consent of the European Union means that the Polish government will be able to take advantage of this solution, but only when the regulations come into force.


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Source: Gazeta

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