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Higher VAT rate on food


by ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Monika Bartosiewicz​​​

27 March​ 2024

Certain food products will no longer be zero-rated from 1 April 2024. It's because the inflation rate is going down. This means the return of the VAT rate of 5% on, among other things, fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and cereal products.
The reduced VAT rate on basic food products has been in place since 1 February 2022. It applies to staple food listed in items 1–18 of Annex 10 to the VAT Act, such as fruit, vegetables, cereal products, dairy or meat.

Implications for taxpayers 

The return to the basic VAT rate on food will affect not only consumers but also taxpayers who retail food. First, they will need to reprogramme their cash registers. Second, any Binding VAT Rate Information (BVRI) issued in respect of goods subject to the zero VAT rate while it was in place will lose its force.  
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