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Potential Consequences of Lower VAT for Beauty Services: EU Commission Warning

  • The planned reduction of VAT rate for beauty services to 8% may result in a violation procedure by the European Commission.
  • Experts warn that the EU directive does not allow such a significant preference.
  • The Commission and the Ministry of Finance have not provided a clear response regarding the government’s plans.
  • The beauty industry’s VAT reduction could set a dangerous precedent for other sectors affected by the pandemic or the war in Ukraine.
  • The only concrete VAT plans are mentioned in the government’s election program.
  • The reduction for the beauty sector has not been specified, and it may not include all businesses.
  • VAT regulations are unified across the EU, and the list of goods and services eligible for reduced rates can be found in the VAT directive.
  • The scope of the VAT reduction for beauty services is still unknown.


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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