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Health Stores welcome VAT deferral but …

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in News & Events

Ireland’s 200+ independent health stores are delighted that the planned application of 23% VAT on all vitamins and food supplements has been deferred by the Irish Revenue Commissioners until November to allow for the Government to legislate an acceptable alternative. An intensive campaign which culminated with a protest and a presentation of 75,000 petition signatures outside the Dail and the offices of the Revenue on February 26th was greeted with the unexpected announcement of the deferral. Health Stores Ireland President, Gerald Colfer said, “We have said all along that it was...

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Outrage over food supplement tax

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 in News & Events

National outrage over new proposed health supplement tax Independent health food stores are running a national day of action to highlight a planned 23% consumer tax hike on vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Health Stores Ireland shops from Bandon to Bundoran are using the theme of “Black Friday” to highlight the impact of the VAT increase on customers who purchase supportive nutritional products like fish oils, glucosamine, probiotics and vitamins like folic acid and vitamin D. Health Stores Ireland spokesperson, Matt Ronan said “we are witnessing the outrage from consumers...

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Don’t Tax Health Choices

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in News & Events

On December 27th 2018, the Revenue Commissioners introduced a new 23% Vat rate for all food supplements, including vitamins, minerals, probiotics and fish oils. The 23% rate will come into effect on 1st March 2019.This move will seriously undermine the health of people who rely on food supplements to maintain their health. This includes: People who rely on food supplements, such as iron, to address diet deficiencies. People who take food supplements to reduce the risk factors of diseases, such as heart disease. People who take food supplements to enable their body to function at a normal...

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No Health Tax – Act now!

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 in News & Events

First the Sugar Tax – now the Health Tax! :: PRESS RELEASE ::  Government wants it both ways on health. In news which has sent shockwaves throughout the entire health and vitality sector, the Minister for Finance is reported to be eyeing up placing a flat rate of VAT on the majority of health food supplements. Most food supplements (excluding sport nutrition and beauty supplements) have had a traditional VAT rating of 0% for over 40 years. Without legislation enshrining this, Revenue have committed to applying VAT at 23% on all food supplements from January 2019. Food supplements...

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Vitality Expo – Free Tickets

Posted on Sep 4, 2018 in News & Events

Vitality Expo 8th & 9th September 2018, RDS Dublin Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Tickets €10 – Kids go free Vitality Expo is Ireland’s largest natural health and wellbeing show taking place this weekend. Presented to you by Health Stores Ireland. Your destination for healthy living. ​Featuring some of Ireland’s best-known speakers from the world of natural health, wellbeing and fitness, Vitality Expo promises to be a weekend full of nutrition, fitness, learning and fun. Ask for your complimentary ticket at your local health...

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Embrace your inner glow

Posted on Jun 27, 2018 in News & Events

It’s been a harsh winter and I’d like to think that, if there is any justice, a great summer complete with all the benefits of getting out of doors more, is on the way. Many of us will think of how to get that summer sun kissed look but because (a) there are no guarantees of sun and, (b) when it does show its face, we must be so careful about being safe in the sun, I think it’s wise to have a plan B in place. Many people turn to tanning products to get the sun kissed look without sun or sunbed. But even here care is needed as many of the mainstream tanning products are so full of...

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