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Czech cuts restaurant VAT

  • Mar 28, 2016 | Richard Asquith

Czech cuts restaurant VAT

The Czech Republic has become the latest country to cut the VAT rate on catering services, including restaurants and cafes. The rate will drop from 21% to 15% on 1 December 2016.

Sales of alcohol and tobacco products will remain at the higher rate.

Portugal will cut restaurant VAT to 13% next month.  Many other EU countries have given similar boosts to their tourism-related services.  Ireland claims that such a reduction in 2012 helped create some 30,000 jobs in the sector, one of Ireland's most important industries.

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 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.