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Swedish opposition promises restaurant VAT back at 25%

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  • 11 September 2014 | Richard Asquith

Swedish opposition promises restaurant VAT back at 25%

In the upcoming Swedish election on Sunday, the opposition party has vowed to reintroduce a standard Swedish VAT rate of 25%.

Sweden cuts its restaurant VAT rate to 9% in 2011. This followed a similar cut to 9% on tourism VAT rate in Ireland.

Since then the government has claimed that the Swedish VAT cut had created 8,000 tourism jobs although mostly for immigrants.

The UK tourism sector has long claimed lower VAT rates in Ireland, German and other EU countries.


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.