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Portugal restaurant VAT cut proposal

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  • 13 February 2016 | Richard Asquith

Portugal restaurant VAT cut proposal

The new Portuguese draft budget contains a proposal to cut the VAT rate on non-alcohol restaurant services from the 23% standard rate to the reduced, 13% rate. The budget has received a cautious approval from the European Commission, which monitors € currency countries compliance with deficit rules.

The budget has now been sent to the Parliament for approval.

Portugal was forced to raise its VAT rate twice during the financial crisis as it looked to stay within the € rules of maintaining the state’s deficit within 3% of GDP.


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.