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COVID-19 VAT rate cuts

  • Jul 7, 2020 | Richard Asquith

Covid-19 VAT rate cuts

Most countries around the world have looked to VAT / GST measures to help support businesses and consumers during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis. Below is a live list of major VAT rate cuts announced since March 2020. This excludes reductions on rates of COVID-related medicines and equipment supplies.

CountrySupplyOld rateNew rateImplementation dateEnd date
AustriaNon-Alcoholic beverages20%10%01 Jul 202031 Dec 2020
AustriaHospitality, Culture, some print10%5%01 Jul 202031 Dec 2020
BelgiumHospitality, restaurants, cafes and publishing12%6%8 Jun 202031 Dec 2020
BulgariaHospitality, restaurants, cafes and books21%10%01 Jul 202031 Dec 2020
ColombiaHospitality, restaurants, cafes8%0%25 May 202031 Dec 2020
Costa RicaStandard rate13%9%TBCTBC
Costa RicaLive and cultural event tickets13%7%TBCTBC
Costa RicaTourism13%0%1 Jul 202030 Jun 2021
CroatiaBasic foodstuffs25%13%TBCTBC
CyprusHotels, accommodation, hospitality, restaurants, cafes and public transport9%5%01 Jul 202010 Jan 2021
Czech RepublicAccommodation; sports and cultural activities15%10%01 Jul 202031 Dec 2020
GermanyStandard rate19%16%01 Jul 202031 Dec 2020
GermanyReduced rate7%5%01 Jul 202031 Dec 2020
GermanyHospitality, restaurants, cafes7%5%01 Jul 20201 Jul 2021
GreecePublic transport, taxis, ferries24%13%01 Jun 202031 Oct 2020
GreeceTransport, coffee, non-alcoholic beverages, cinemas and tourist services24%13%01 Jun 202031 Apr 2021
IrelandStandard rate23%21%01 Sep 202028 Feb 2021
IrelandTourism and hospitality services13.5%9%01 Nov 202031 Dec 2021
JamaicaStandard rate16.5%15%01 Apr 202031 Mar 2021
KenyaStandard rate16%14%01 Apr 2020-
LithuaniaHospitality, restaurants, cafes21%9%TBC31 Dec 2020
MalaysiaService Tax on Hotels6%0%30 Mar 202030 Jun 2021
MalaysiaTourism TaxRM10RM001 Jul 202030 Jun 2021
MexicoStandard rate16%10%TBCTBC
MoldovaHospitality, restaurants, cafes20%15%01 May 202031 Dec 2020
MontenegroRestaurants, cafes and catering services21%7%04 Aug 202031 Aug  2021
NorwayCinema, hotels, public transport12%6%01 Apr 202031 Dec 2020
PolandChange in VAT reporting matrix--01 Jul 2020-
Saudi ArabiaStandard Rate5%15%01 Jul 2020-
TurkeyHotels, accommodation, domestic flights18%1%01 Apr 202030 Nov 2020
UKE-books and online journals20%0%01 May 2020-
UKHospitality and tourism including restaurants; cafes; pubs (ex alcohol); hospitality; hotels; B&B's; home rental; caravan and tent sites; hot take away food; theatres; circuses; amusement parks; concerts; museums; zoos; cinemas; and exhibitions. Note: served alcoholic drinks will not benefit from the cut.20%5%15 Jul 202031 Mar 2021
UkraineCultural events, domestic electricity20%10%17 Mar 202031 Dec 2020

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Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is the former VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara
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