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Impact of VAT increase on educational materials: 60 million euro cost for schools.

  • The new Dutch Cabinet proposed to increase the VAT rate on books and other goods and services
  • The planned VAT increase is estimated to cost the primary and secondary education sectors an additional 60 million euros annually.
  • Education organizations are calling for an exception for physical and digital learning materials from the VAT increase.
  • The cost increase is expected to put further pressure on the learning materials market and reduce the freedom of choice for teachers and schools.
  • Rising prices may force schools to make undesirable choices that could negatively impact the quality of education.


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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