2023 1-year cut in VAT rate from 17% to 16% largely retained by businesses and not passed to consumer
Luxembourg’s national statistics agency, Statec, has concluded that the temporary Luxembourg 1% standard VAT cut to 16% has largely not been passed onto consumers. Inflation only dropped by 0.2%, with businesses failing to pass on the savings to customers. Statec estimates, allowing from other inflationary pressure, inflation should have dropped by 0.4% following the VAT rate reduction.
The VAT cut cost an estimated €317 million in lost tax revenues.
This was based on analysis for the first quarter of 2023. Luxembourg’s inflation was 2% in May, down from 2.7% in April and 9.1% a year ago.
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.