European VAT News - November 2018


From 1 January 2019, Ireland will raise the VAT rate on tourism services from 9% to 13.5%.

It is hoped that this will raise an extra €466 million in VAT per year and will apply to services provided by hotels, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.


From 1 July 2019, Norway has reduced the VAT rate applicable on electronic publications to the zero rate.

Previously digital publications were subject to the standard rate of VAT at 25%, even though the printed publications (offering the same reading content) were taxed at the zero rate.


In our July article, we announced that from 1 January 2019 the Polish tax authorities were looking to reduce their standard VAT rate from 23% to 22%. However, the Polish Ministry of Finance has now decided against this reduction and will instead re-categorise many supplies to include them in the reduced 8% VAT rate category.

The above information was kindly provided by Fiscal Solutions (UK),; contact:

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