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Sweden restaurant VAT rate cut to 12%

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  • 14 September 2011 | Richard Asquith

Sweden restaurant VAT rate cut to 12%

Sweden has brought forward a cut of VAT rate on restaurant and catering services to help stimulate job creation for young people.

As part of a package to help cut costs for the industry, restaurant related-services will be reclassified from the standard VAT rate of 25% to a 12% rate. The whole package is worth over 5 billion crowns, and is a long-term commitment of the right wing minority government.

This follows a similar move by Ireland cutting tourism VAT to 9%.


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.