Food supplements are foods that are intended to supplement a general diet and can include vitamins, minerals, herbs, vegetable extracts to which the standard rate of VAT (23%) applied. Revenue allowed the zero rate to apply to certain types of vitamins, minerals and fish oils on a concessionary basis. However, in January, Revenue announced that this concession would no longer apply from 1 March 2019 and the standard rate of VAT would apply.
Revenue has now decided that this zero rate concession will continue until 1 November 2019. Prior to the Finance Bill being published in October 2019, the Department of Finance intends to undertake a public consultation on the VAT treatment of food supplements and there may be further changes at this stage.
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