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Luxembourg temporary VAT cut from 17% to 16% from Jan 2023

Government agreement with unions and employers to provide tax subsidy as inflation soars

The three-party government, employers and unions (Tripartite Coordination Committee) group has agreed to cut Value Added Tax rates and a range of other measures. This is in reaction to inflation hitting 6.8% in August, up by over one third since he same time last year.

Parliament will next consider a Bill to introduce the cuts, due to start 1 January 2023, and it will set the term they will remain in place.

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The new rates from 1 January 2023 will be:

  • Standard rate: 16% (down from 17%)
  • Intermediate Reduced rate: 13% (down from 14%) on certain financial services;
  • Reduced Reduced rate: 7% (down from 8%) on gas & electricity; certain labour supplies; and
  • Super Reduced rate: 3% (no change) on books; pharmaceuticals; foodstuffs; water; newspapers.

Other measures announced include:

  • cuts to heating oil prices by €0.15 per litre
  • rate of minimum wage to be increased
  • cap on energy prices at 15% on today’s prices
  • Energy subsidies for small and mid-sized businesses
  • Subsidies for switching to electricity from oil and gas
  • Improvement on investment credits
  • Extra financial support for the elderly and their fuel bills

Many other countries are cutting VAT on electricity and food as global inflation rises due to supply chain problems caused by COVID-19 pandemic disruption and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

May fuel VAT calculation cut

Luxembourg enacted a cut in diesel fuel from 16 May 2022 until the end of the year. For certain uses, agricultural and industrial, it will only apply until the end of July 2022.

The cut is effected by restricting the base amount subject to VAT with a refund to the fuel seller, as opposed to a rate cut. This will mean an effective cut from 17% to 14% for most diesel uses.

Luxembourg magnate for fuel tourism – diesel 42% cheaper than in France

Luxembourg’s diesel and gasoline prices are much lower than those of neighbouring countries. Fuel tourism has accounted for an average 75% of fuel sales in Luxembourg. This is due to low duties and VAT rate. The small country has 234 service stations, of which 60% are along its borders. Gas currently sells there at 37% less than in France, while the price of diesel is 42% lower.

Many other countries are cutting VAT on electricity and food as global inflation rises due to supply chain problems caused by COVID-19 pandemic disruption and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

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