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Anger at VAT Hike

Posted on Oct 16, 2019 in News & Events

Health Stores Ireland angry at Minister’s decision to impose 13.5% VAT on health food supplements. Health Stores Ireland has expressed anger at the news that Minister Paschal Donohoe is to implement VAT of 13.5% on health food supplements in the Finance Bill to be published tomorrow. Matt Ronan, Health Stores Ireland, “The move from the Minister flies in the face of this Government’s so called ‘Healthy Ireland’ initiative and will have a detrimental impact on the health of many people.” “There is a real danger that customers will be forced to buy their health food supplements...

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Supplements out of reach for many people

Posted on Oct 1, 2019 in News & Events

Higher cost could put beneficial supplements out of reach for many people. A leading Irish academic has expressed serious concerns at plans to impose taxation on food supplements. Professor John Nolan, founder of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland stated, “Our research has extensively studied the role of Nutrition in Vision and the prevention of blindness and identifies how targeted supplementation can help to retain visual function for the large number of Irish people afflicted with age-related macular degeneration”. AMD is the leading cause of sight loss in the over 50s in...

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Budget Submission -VAT on Food Supplements

Posted on Sep 16, 2019 in News & Events

BUDGET 2020 Options for the VAT treatment of food supplements. Executive summary This submission sets out why the decades old practice and policy of applying the zero VAT rate to food supplements should continue.  It demonstrates that there has been no credible case put forward for applying the standard or a reduced VAT rate to food supplements from a legal, health or business impact perspective.It recommends that the Finance Act 2019 should confirm the zero rating of food supplements to provide political and policy clarity to retailers and consumers and certainty for the Revenue...

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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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