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.

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IVA Meeting with the Portuguese Tax Authorities

The International VAT Association (IVA), represented by its President, Stephen Dale, and Board Member, Fátima Gouveia, met with the representatives of the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tax Affairs and of the Portuguese VAT Authority on the 9th of July 2019, in Lisbon. The IVA thanked the authorities for meeting with us at short notice.

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