Vlekárs say that a lower VAT would equalize the conditions with foreign countries, the gastro sector feels bypassed

  • The debate about reducing VAT in the tourism industry is not new, entrepreneurs have been calling for it since at least the pandemic.
  • The parliamentary proposal submitted to the parliament includes benefits for towboat operators, sports fields and entrance fees to artificial swimming pools until the end of April 2023.
  • Deputies postponed the proposal until the next session of the parliament.

” That cannot be evaluated,” says Jozef Bendžala, head of the Patria hotel in Strb, on the idea of ​​halving the value-added tax on the transport of skiers by lifts or entry to artificial swimming pools. The proposal was submitted by Sme rodina MP Miloš Svrček as an amendment to the amendment to the VAT Act. It proposes to reduce VAT from 20 to 10 percent by the end of April 2023 on:

  • transportation of people by cable cars and ski lifts,
  • making indoor and outdoor sports facilities available for the purpose of practicing sports and
  • for entrance fees to artificial swimming pools.
  • According to Benžal, the gastro business has suffered the most in recent years and it is not helped by the fact that the VAT on restaurant services is much lower in neighboring countries. “The Czechs have 10 percent, we have 20 percent,” says Benžala, an example that is repeated in other neighboring countries as well.

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