Czech Republic propose merging current 10% and 15% reduced VAT rates

31 May 2023

The Czech government is proposing to consolidate the country’s two reduced VAT rates of 10% and 15% into a consolidated rate of 12%, as well as reduce the VAT rate on physical books to zero.

The two reduced rates currently apply to the following supplies:

  • 10% - Baby and gluten free foodstuffs, newspapers, certain pharmaceutical goods and services, accommodation, restaurants and hospitality services, certain books and e-books, and admission to cultural events.
  • 15% - Certain foodstuffs, non-alcoholic beverages, take away food, certain medical goods, certain passenger transport, certain books, e-books, and amusement parks.

If accepted, this could be implemented from 1 January 2024 but there would be no change to the standard VAT rate of 21%.

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