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Mexico raises VAT to 16% on readymade snacks and foodstuffs

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  • 05 July 2015 | Richard Asquith

Mexico raises VAT to 16% on readymade snacks and foodstuffs

The Mexican government has re-categorised readymade foods from the reduced VAT rate of 0% to the standard rate of 16%. The new rate was brought into effect on 1 July 2015.

In accordance with the Mexican VAT Law, any food prepared ready to eat at the point of sale is considered as readymade and subject to the new rate. This includes ‘fast food’, sandwiches, pizza, hot bread, snacks, rolls etc.

Mexico raised its VAT rate 1% to 16% in 2010. It has made several unsuccessful proposal to broaden the VAT base by bringing all foodstuffs and medicines into the standard VAT rate band.

 


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.