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Albania to cut tourism VAT

  • Sep 30, 2015 | Richard Asquith

Albania to cut tourism VAT

Albania is discussing cutting the Value Added Tax rate on tourism from 20% to 5%.

The plan was announced by the Ministry of the Economy last week. It is seeking to emulated similar incentives to those applied my most of European Union member states. Albania introduced a VAT Law at the start of 2015 which introduced most of the tenants of the EU’s VAT Directive.

Countries such as Ireland have successfully supported and boosted their tourism industries in recent years with VAT cuts. It has been claimed that Ireland’s 9% tourism rate (its standard VAT rate is 23%) has created up to 30,000 jobs in recent years.

VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.