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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C


This year
# Solar Energy
VAT rate on supply and installation of solar panels to be abolished
The move is expected to be signed off by the Government this week.
# Hospitality
Tourism reps say increasing reduced 9% VAT rate for sector will be 'extremely detrimental'
The special 9% rate for the hospitality sector was introduced in 2020 in a bid to lessen the impact of the pandemic.
# Hairdressing
Haircut costs ‘will increase’ if special hospitality VAT rate given the chop
The Irish Hairdressers Federation said there has been a decline in demand for hairdressing services amid inflation.
Taoiseach: 'No cliff edge to cost-of-living supports at the end of February'
Discussions will take place in the coming weeks on what further supports will be needed.
# Cost of Living
Government to consider extending cost-of-living support measures beyond February
Varadkar said he wanted to avoid a ‘cliff edge’ scenario when a series of schemes and reductions are scheduled to stop.
Last year
# budget 2023
Budget 2023: What measures have already kicked in?
Some measures included in the €11 billion budget have already been enacted.
# budget 2023
VAT is scrapped on newspapers, defibrilators and HRT but will increase for hospitality
VAT is being removed from newspapers, defibrillators and hormone and nicotine replacement therapies.
# pizza and inheritance tax
Taoiseach doesn't agree with Varadkar's tax report remarks comparing some ideas to SF manifesto
A tax on processed foods, a congestion charge and tax on wealth – just some of the ideas in the report published yesterday.
# covid supports
Reduced 9% VAT rate for hospitality sector to be extended until February 2023
The special 9% rate for the hospitality sector was introduced in 2020 in a bid to lessen the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# energy costs
VAT rate cut from 13.5% to 9% on energy bills until the end of October
Targeted supports for those on fuel allowance will mean an additional three weeks payment.
# Cost of Living
VAT on gas and electricity could be cut to 9% under Government proposals to tackle cost of living crisis
Households could receive an additional three weeks payment of the fuel allowance as part of the proposed measures.
# Cabinet
Further package of measures to help ease the cost of living to be approved next week
Environment Minister Eamon Ryan and his officials are finalising measures that will help tackle the rising costs of fuel, energy and food.
# Cost of Living
EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May
Mary Lou McDonald has called for a 0% VAT rate for a period of time on domestic energy bills.
All time
# Tax
An Garda Síochána pays Revenue €270,000 to settle VAT bill for Templemore restaurant and shop
Confusion had arisen over how goods sold at the restaurant and shop in Templemore should be charged for VAT, according to the report.
# Economy
VAT rate reduction for tourism and hospitality sector kicks in today
The Finance Minister said the change was introduced in recognition of the unprecedented challenges facing particular sectors.
# toasted
Subway sandwiches contain 'too much sugar' to legally be considered bread, Supreme Court rules
The court rejected a number of appeals.
# flexible solutions
Yoga instructors: 'We are basically starting from scratch as an industry'
Yoga studio owners say social distancing will stretch the sector to its limits.
# candle in the wind
Candlemaker faces €400,000 VAT bill after losing legal battle over shape of candles
The Tax Appeals Commission rejected an appeal by the candlemaking firm.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach rules out 0% VAT rate for tourism, but cut could be brought in by the next government
The Taoiseach said he is in favour of a tourism taskforce being set up.
# fanfare for europe
Stink bombs, celebration, and a 'hesitant' public: When Britain joined the EEC in 1973
Britain joined the same year that Ireland joined the then-EEC.
# Women's Health
Minister sets up period poverty committee: 'Menstruation is not a choice'
The health minister said women are facing significant costs paying for sanitary products.
# Your Say
Poll: Should VAT be removed on condoms and menstrual cups?
The idea is backed by Minister for Health Simon Harris.
# Contraception
Harris wants VAT removed on condoms and menstrual cups
Currently,13.5% VAT applies to condoms, but the minister wants this brought down to 0%.
# Costs
Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings
The Seanad heard that in many public buildings, such as Leinster House, tampons and sanitary pads cost €2 each.
Ross' hopes for cheaper non-alcoholic booze nixed after Donohoe says 'no plans' to reduce tax
The minister for finance said reducing VAT on non-alcoholic beverages would be “difficult to administer”.
# u-turn
VAT on vitamins and supplements won't jump to 23% - at least until November
An increased rate on some food supplements was due to kick in on Friday.
# Import VAT
Irish businesses urge Taoiseach for longer VAT deferral on UK imports post-Brexit
Over half of Irish importers source 75% or more of their imports from the UK.
# Hospitality
'Stinks to the high heavens of Fianna Fáil-ism': Fury from hairdressers and restaurants after VAT hike
Budget 2019 reversed a VAT reduction during the recession, but some businesses say it will hit them very hard.
# Your Say
Poll: Will the hospitality VAT hike make you go to restaurants less?
The 9% VAT rate for hotels, restaurants and hairdressing was increased to 13.5% in last year’s budget.
# flat hike
The hospitality VAT hike has kicked in and customers might notice a jump in their morning coffee
Hotels, restaurants and hairdressers are among those affected.
# tourism and transport
A junior minister tried citing a 25-year-old policy to spare tourism firms some pain from VAT hikes
But the appeal to his Fine Gael colleague, Paschal Donohoe, doesn’t appear to have paid off.
# Revenue
Roscommon County Council takes hit as Revenue publishes latest tax defaulters list
The council settled for nearly €500,000 over under-declaration of VAT.
# decisions decisions
Whatever happened to the carbon tax? It came down to a call between VAT and fuel hikes
Leo Varadkar said the government would ‘grasp the nettle’ and increase carbon tax. Today, it failed to deliver.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with plans to increase the VAT rate for hotels and restaurants by 50%?
Industry figures say it could lead to job losses in the sector.
# rollback
Irish pharmacists want condoms to be made VAT-free
Currently they have a VAT rate of 13.5%.
# Tourism
VAT hike for large hotels likely as minister says overcharging for rooms is ruining Ireland's rep
Ross said big-profit hotels operating in Ireland are damaging the country’s tourism reputation.
# budget 2018
The tourist industry could lose its 9% VAT rate as it's 'under consideration' for Budget 2018
Restaurants and hotels express concerns as 1% hike is on the cards.
Dublin City Council to reduce toll charges on the East Link Bridge from next week
The cost for a car will drop from €1.75 to €1.40.
# Money Money Money
Booze, petrol, cigs: This is how much an extra 10 cent on our 'luxuries' would bring in
An increase of a couple of cent could mean big bucks to the State coffers.
# supply vs demand
Noonan defends first-time buyers plan as critics warn it will create 'bidding war'
Cutting VAT on new homes would have been a better approach, one economist has said.