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Waiting for Christmas Without a Happy Ending: VAT in Gastronomy Rises Back to 19%

  • The value-added tax on food in the gastronomy sector will be increased to 19 percent at the beginning of the year.
  • The temporary reduction of the tax rate from 19 to 7 percent, implemented to support the gastronomy sector during the COVID-19 crisis, will end on December 31, 2023.
  • The government majority opposed the plans to extend the tax reduction due to financial constraints.
  • The return to the standard tax rate will have negative consequences for many gastronomy businesses, which are already struggling with rising costs and declining consumer demand.
  • Gastronomy businesses will be forced to pass on the increased tax to their customers, which may further reduce the demand for dining out.
  • The coalition government has agreed to review the complex tax system for food in the gastronomy sector.


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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