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EU tells Greece to cut VAT on private schools

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  • 30 August 2015 | Richard Asquith

EU tells Greece to cut VAT on private schools

The European Commission has warned Greece that last month’s rise in VAT to 23% on fee-paying private schools was in breach of the EU VAT Directive.

The rise was part of a package of VAT rate increases and simplifications by Greece to help secure a third round bail out from its creditor.  This included withdrawing VAT discounts on restaurant services and holiday islands.

Under the EU VAT Directive, education service fees for tuition also provided by state schooling should not be charged with the standard VAT rate.

Greece has until this week to respond and withdraw the VAT imposition.  If it does, it will have to propose alternate fund-raising measuers for its creditors.


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 this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.