VAT rise on hotels could go ahead, Coveney hints

The VAT increase on the hospitality sector might go on, Minister for Enterprise Simon Coveney has actually hinted.

During the pandemic, the rate was cut from 13.5% to 9% in order to increase a market that was suffering extremely from completion of worldwide tourist.

In in 2015’s Budget, Minister Paschal Donohoe revealed the cut would end at the end of February and today Minister Coveney hinted the increase would proceed as prepared.

” This was a momentary and targeted assistance,” he informed The Hard Shoulder

” That might occur; I indicate, the Government hasn’t lastly picked this yet.

” My Department will be inputting this; I have rather strong views on this.”

The hospitality sector has actually lobbied for the increase to be postponed or cancelled however Mr Coveney declined to be made use of his own individual views and stated they would be revealed “just around the Cabinet table”.

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” We’re reuniting tomorrow to [go over] how we can support organizations as an entire and naturally what we can pay for to do,” he stated.

” My function is to attempt to get the ideal choice here and to deal with associates in Government to attempt and get that rather”.

Notes that extending the VAT rate would cost 0.5 billion a year.

” If we were to merely extend the lower VAT rate for another year, that would cost us half a billion euros.

” The Government needs to determine, is that the very best method to invest cash to support services?

” We require to weigh it up versus the other supports that we can provide however we have not settled a choice.”

Main image: Simon Coveney. Credit: Sipa USA/Alamy Live News


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