Time to speak out­tostop­tax on sup­ple­ments

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, a Nu­tri­tional Health Coach ac­cred­ited with Thought Leader Nat­u­ral Health 2018 and a Vega Food In­tol­er­ance Tester at The Nat­u­ral Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wex­ford 053 9121613 | clairm1

THE gov­ern­ment might soon pe­nalise you for tak­ing health sup­ple­ments by adding VAT at 23% on all sup­ple­ments from 1st Novem­ber, this tax will hit hard on your pocket. If passed, you will pay an ex­tra €2.30 on €10.00, €4.60 on €20.00, and a whop­ping €13.80 on a sin­gle spend of €60.00.

I spoke to Matt Ronan, spokesper­son on the is­sue:

‘This is­sue was widely de­bated ear­lier this year. The Min­is­ter of Fi­nance opened a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in April and will make his fi­nal de­ci­sion known on Oc­to­ber 8th in the bud­get.

What we know now how­ever is that the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion was rigged from the very be­gin­ning by our Rev­enue Com­mis­sion­ers.

The terms of ref­er­ence for this pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion forced ev­ery­body to ac­cept that VAT of some va­ri­ety would have to be ap­plied to th­ese prod­ucts as ac­cord­ing to our rev­enue com­mis­sion­ers they were not rated at 0% VAT legally be­fore Jan­uary 1991.

How­ever, through the ex­tra­or­di­nary per­sis­tence of one tax agent who sees it the same way as the health in­dus­try we have now re­ceived the ev­i­dence that our health sup­ple­ments were in­deed en­ti­tled to be charged at 0% VAT. Now we have a clas­sic bat­tle on our hands–does Democ­racy win, or does Bu­reau­cracy rule the day yet again.

Our politi­cians have it within their power to recog­nise the truth when it is pre­sented to them and to do the right thing and con­firm that food sup­ple­ments can be sold into the fu­ture at 0% VAT. The work has been done for them and now it is a ques­tion of whether they have the will to change the fu­ture for nat­u­ral health­care in Ire­land.

We lit­er­ally only have days to con­tact with politi­cians to let them know that we would be dis­gusted if they al­lowed out of con­trol bu­reau­cracy to force us to pay a tax in or­der for us to try and stay healthy.

I im­plore you to lobby politi­cians right now and let them know that you are against this tax and sign the pe­ti­tion in your lo­cal health store.’

Stop this TAX be­fore it be­comes law! Don’t de­lay act to­day.

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