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Bosnia cuts VAT on essential foodstuffs as inflation soars

Reduced VAT rate on foods; rise for ‘luxury’ goods

The Bosnian assembly of Republika Srpska has approved a reduction on basic foodstuffs from the reduced VAT rate of 17% to 5%. At the same time, a range of ‘luxury’ goods in the 17% band will be recategorized to the standard 22%. The assembly will also be looking at cutting excise duties on oil, petrol and diesel.

Bosnian’s Serb Republic inflation reached 14.3% in June 2022 from 13.2% in May.  prices of transport services rose 34.6% in June and prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages went up 22.6%. The follows the global trend of fast-growth inflation following the ending of COVID lockdowns and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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This may not apply to all of Bosnia as The Dayton peace accord created two highly autonomous entities that share some joint institutions: Republika Srpska and the Bosniak-Croat Federation.

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