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Roscommon hotelier says new VAT rate is a 'step backways'

Feb 20, 2023 13:28 By Shannonside News
Roscommon hotelier says new VAT rate is a 'step backways'
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He's renewing his plea to the Government to retain the current rate.

A Roscommon hotelier says an increased VAT rate for hospitality would have a dire and negative impact on the industry.

Adrian Grealy's comments come as Government look set to return to a rate of 13.5 per cent following the introduction of the temporary 9% levy during covid lockdowns in 2020.

The Abbey Hotel owner believes customers will be forced to make cancellations or reduce the size of their events, leading to a fall in overall bookings.

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He's renewing his plea to the Government to retain the current rate.

 

'It is a step in the wrong direction. I mean the receipts from hospitality are through and through shown year on year to aid the government as far as all the spending for social welfare is concerned.

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It is a  step backways to impose this extra 4 and a half percent is going to have a dire negative affect on our industry. That means that the costs are simply going to go up and  be passed over to the customer.'

 

 

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