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France raises VAT on sugar drinks to 19.6% in 2012

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  • 02 October 2011 | Richard Asquith

France raises VAT on sugar drinks to 19.6% in 2012

France has put forward plans to increase VAT on non-alcoholic drinks in 2012.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Fillon as part of the 2012 Budget plans. The drinks included are: lemonade, fruit juices or nectar with added sugar. The Value Added Tax rate on these consumables will be recategorised from the reduced rate to the current standard VAT rate, 19.6%.

Experts from the Association des industries alimentaries claimed this would lead to a 1% rise in prices.


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.