Ireland’s raises VAT to cover a ‘severe fiscal shortfall’

The Irish government has confirmed it is to increase the standard rate of VAT
from 21% to 21.5% as of 1 December this year.

The increase formed part of the annual budget release on Wednesday.

Kieran Desmond, MD of TMF Ireland accounting services, said the increase has
been driven by a ‘severe fiscal shortfall’.

‘The government is blaming the recession. The VAT increase is to be
accompanied by other direct tax increases,’ he said.

In addition, Richard Asquith, head of TMF VAT global compliance service, said
he expects other countries to follow suit as the international trend sees a
shift from business taxes onto indirect taxes.

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