Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (56, 57)

Micheál Martin

Question:

56. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance the status of the VAT proposals on food supplements in view of the publication of the tax strategy group papers in summer 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37965/19]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

57. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he or his officials received correspondence from an organisation (details supplied) on VAT on food supplements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37966/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 and 57 together.

My Department carried out a public consultation on the taxation of food supplement products, which sought input from a wide range of interested parties, including from health and nutrition experts, and the Minister for Health. Separately, correspondence has been received from several organisations on the subject of the matter, including the referred.

The results of the public consultation were included in the recently published 2019 VAT Tax Strategy Group (TSG) paper as part of the Budget 2020 process. Several options have been set out on the VAT treatment of food supplement products in the TSG paper, available here:

https://assets.gov.ie/19123/083625ae43d948c88917c749a2ff6b57.pdf

The options outlined in the TSG paper will be considered in the normal way as part of the budgetary process.