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Irish unions want tourism VAT subsidy end

  • Sep 27, 2016 | Richard Asquith

Irish unions want tourism VAT subsidy end

The Irish trade unions’ association is lobbying for an end to the 9% reduced VAT rate for the tourism sector.

The rate was reduced from 13.5% to 9% in 2011 during the Euro crisis to help support the key tourism sector. Since then, visitor numbers have rallied strongly. Many hoteliers have shown strong profits in the past year, leading the unions to conclude that they have retained the €350m tax break. The unions claim employment conditions have not improved in the sector.

The 2017 Irish budget is due this month.


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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: richard.asquith@avalara.com. 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.