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Italy VAT rise looking unlikely

Italy VAT rise looking unlikely

Having already increased the VAT rate to 22% in 2013 Italy was facing another VAT increase to 24% in 2016, with an even further potential increase to 26.5% in 2018. This increase was proposed as the Italian total debt has continued to rise in recent years, and was looking to rise to 130% of GDP in 2015. Italy failed to reduce spending enough so as to reduce its deficit as a percentage of GDP to below 3%, which is a basic requirement for membership of the Euro currency. Continue Reading

Belgium urged to raise VAT rates

Belgium told by IMF to raise VAT

Belgium has been urged by the International Monetary Fund to raise it VAT rate in order to help fund labour tax cuts, whist Belgium has returned to growth and reduced budget deficits, structural reforms are needed to support growth.

Belgium has already scheduled a cut in the social security levies from 33% to 25% through cuts elsewhere. But the IMF has suggested that a rise in the reduced VAT rate from the current 6% and 12% (on restaurants) or removal of exemptions. Belgium’s standard VAT rate of 21% is currently below the average for the European Union, this is due to the fact they haven’t raised the standard tax since 1996, whereas all its European neighbours have raised theirs.