A value-added tax (VAT), known in some countries as a goods and services tax (GST), is a type of tax that is assessed incrementally. Like an income tax, it is based on the increase in value of a product or service at each stage of production or distribution. However, a VAT tax is collected by the end retailer and is usually a flat tax, and is therefore frequently compared to a sales tax.
VAT essentially compensates for the shared services and infrastructure provided in a certain locality by a state and funded by its taxpayers that were used in the elaboration of that product or service. Not all localities require VAT to be charged and goods and services for export may be exempted (duty free). VAT is usually implemented as a destination-based tax, where the tax rate is based on the location of the consumer and applied to the sales price. Confusingly, the terms VAT, GST, consumption tax and sales tax are sometimes used interchangeably. VAT raises about a fifth of total tax revenues both worldwide and among the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).:14 As of 2018, 166 of the 193 countries with full UN membership employ a VAT, including all OECD members except the United States,:14 which uses a sales tax system instead.
There are two main methods of calculating VAT: the credit-invoice or invoice-based method, and the subtraction or accounts-based method. Using the credit-invoice method, sales transactions are taxed, with the customer informed of the VAT on the transaction, and businesses may receive a credit for VAT paid on input materials and services. The credit-invoice method is the most widely employed method, used by all national VATs except for Japan. Using the subtraction method, at the end of a reporting period, a business calculates the value of all taxable sales then subtracts the sum of all taxable purchases and the VAT rate is applied to the difference. The subtraction method VAT is currently only used by Japan, although subtraction method VATs, often using the name "flat tax", have been part of many recent tax reform proposals by US politicians. With both methods, there are exceptions in the calculation method for certain goods and transactions, created for either pragmatic collection reasons or to counter tax fraud and evasion.
Germany and France were the first countries to implement VAT, doing so in the form of a general consumption tax during World War I. The modern variation of VAT was first implemented by France in 1954 in Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) colony. Recognizing the experiment as successful, the French introduced it in 1958. Maurice Lauré, Joint Director of the France Tax Authority, the Direction Générale des Impôts implemented the VAT on 10 April 1954, although German industrialist Dr. Wilhelm von Siemens proposed the concept in 1918. Initially directed at large businesses, it was extended over time to include all business sectors. In France, it is the most important source of state finance, accounting for nearly 50% of state revenues.
The amount of VAT is decided by the state as percentage of the end-market price. As its name suggests, value-added tax is designed to tax only the value added by a business on top of the services and goods it can purchase from the market.
To understand what this means, consider a production process (e.g., take-away coffee starting from coffee beans) where products get successively more valuable at each stage of the process. When an end-consumer makes a purchase, they are not only paying for the VAT for the product at hand (e.g., a cup of coffee), but in effect, the VAT for the entire production process (e.g., the purchase of the coffee beans, their transportation, processing, cultivation, etc.), since VAT is always included in the prices.
The value-added effect is achieved by prohibiting end-consumers from recovering VAT on purchases, but permitting businesses to do so. The VAT collected by the state is computed as the difference between the VAT of sales earnings and the VAT of those goods and services upon which the product depends. The difference is the tax due to the value added by the business. In this way, the total tax levied at each stage in the economic chain of supply is a constant fraction.
The standard way to implement a value-added tax involves assuming a business owes some fraction on the price of the product minus all taxes previously paid on the good.
By the method of collection, VAT can be accounts-based or invoice-based. Under the invoice method of collection, each seller charges VAT rate on his output and passes the buyer a special invoice that indicates the amount of tax charged. Buyers who are subject to VAT on their own sales (output tax) consider the tax on the purchase invoices as input tax and can deduct the sum from their own VAT liability. The difference between output tax and input tax is paid to the government (or a refund is claimed, in the case of negative liability). Under the accounts based method, no such specific invoices are used. Instead, the tax is calculated on the value added, measured as a difference between revenues and allowable purchases. Most countries today use the invoice method, the only exception being Japan, which uses the accounts method.
By the timing of collection, VAT (as well as accounting in general) can be either accrual or cash based. Cash basis accounting is a very simple form of accounting. When a payment is received for the sale of goods or services, a deposit is made, and the revenue is recorded as of the date of the receipt of funds—no matter when the sale had been made. Cheques are written when funds are available to pay bills, and the expense is recorded as of the cheque date—regardless of when the expense had been incurred. The primary focus is on the amount of cash in the bank, and the secondary focus is on making sure all bills are paid. Little effort is made to match revenues to the time period in which they are earned, or to match expenses to the time period in which they are incurred. Accrual basis accounting matches revenues to the time period in which they are earned and matches expenses to the time period in which they are incurred. While it is more complex than cash basis accounting, it provides much more information about your business. The accrual basis allows you to track receivables (amounts due from customers on credit sales) and payables (amounts due to vendors on credit purchases). The accrual basis allows you to match revenues to the expenses incurred in earning them, giving you more meaningful financial reports.
In general, countries that have a VAT system require most businesses to be registered for VAT purposes. VAT registered businesses can be natural persons or legal entities, but countries may have different thresholds or regulations specifying at which turnover levels registration becomes compulsory. VAT-registered businesses are required to add VAT on goods and services that they supply to others (with some exceptions, which vary by country) and account for the VAT to the taxing authority, after deducting the VAT that they paid on the goods and services they acquired from other VAT-registered businesses.
Like an income tax, VAT is based on the increase in value of a product or service at each stage of production or distribution. However, there are some important differences:
Value-added tax avoids the cascade effect of sales tax by taxing only the value added at each stage of production. For this reason, throughout the world, VAT has been gaining favor over traditional sales taxes. In principle, VAT applies to all provisions of goods and services. VAT is assessed and collected on the value of goods or services that have been provided every time there is a transaction (sale/purchase). The seller charges VAT to the buyer, and the seller pays this VAT to the government. If, however, the purchasers are not the end users, but the goods or services purchased are costs to their business, the tax they have paid for such purchases can be deducted from the tax they charge to their customers. The government only receives the difference; in other words, it is paid tax on the gross margin of each transaction, by each participant in the sales chain.
In many developing countries such as India, sales tax/VAT are key revenue sources as high unemployment and low per capita income render other income sources inadequate. However, there is strong opposition to this by many sub-national governments as it leads to an overall reduction in the revenue they collect as well as of some autonomy.
In theory, sales tax is normally charged on end users (consumers). The VAT mechanism means that the end-user tax is the same as it would be with a sales tax. The main disadvantage of VAT is the extra accounting required by those in the middle of the supply chain; this is balanced by the simplicity of not requiring a set of rules to determine who is and is not considered an end user. When the VAT system has few, if any, exemptions such as with GST in New Zealand, payment of VAT is even simpler.
A general economic idea is that if sales taxes are high enough, people start engaging in widespread tax evading activity (like buying over the Internet, pretending to be a business, buying at wholesale, buying products through an employer etc.). On the other hand, total VAT rates can rise above 10% without widespread evasion because of the novel collection mechanism. However, because of its particular mechanism of collection, VAT becomes quite easily the target of specific frauds like carousel fraud, which can be very expensive in terms of loss of tax incomes for states.
Consider the manufacture and sale of any item, which in this case is a widget. In what follows, the term "gross margin" is used rather than "profit". Profit is the remainder of what is left after paying other costs, such as rent and personnel costs.
With a 10% sales tax:
So the consumer has paid 10% ($0.15) extra, compared to the no taxation scheme, and the government has collected this amount in taxation. The retailers have not paid any tax directly (it is the consumer who has paid the tax), but the retailer has to do the paperwork in order to correctly pass on to the government the sales tax it has collected. Suppliers and manufacturers have the administrative burden of supplying correct state exemption certifications, and checking that their customers (retailers) are not consumers. The retailer must verify and maintain these exemption certificate. In addition, the retailer must keep track of what is taxable and what is not along with the various tax rates in each of the cities, counties and states for the 35,000 plus various taxing jurisdictions.
A large exception to this state of affairs is online sales. Typically if the online retail firm has no nexus (also known as substantial physical presence) in the state where the merchandise will be delivered, no obligation is imposed upon the retailer to collect sales taxes from "out-of-state" purchasers. Generally, state law requires that the purchaser report such purchases to the state taxing authority and pay the use tax, which compensates for the sales tax that is not paid by the retailer.
With a 10% VAT:
In the VAT example above, the consumer has paid, and the government received, the same dollar amount as with a sales tax. At each stage of the production, the seller collects a tax on behalf of the government and the buyer pays for the tax by paying a higher price. The buyer can then be reimbursed for paying the tax, but only by successfully selling the value-added product to the buyer or consumer in the next stage. In the previously shown examples, if the retailer fails to sell some of its inventory, then it suffers a greater financial loss in the VAT scheme in comparison to the sales tax regulatory system by having paid a higher price on the product it wants to sell. Each business is responsible for handling the necessary paperwork in order to pass on to the government the VAT it collected on its gross margin. The businesses are freed from any obligation to request certifications from purchasers who are not end users, and of providing such certifications to their suppliers, but they incur increased accounting costs for collecting the tax, which are not reimbursed by the taxing authority. For example, wholesale companies now have to hire staff and accountants to handle the VAT paperwork, which would not be required if they were collecting sales tax instead.
In the above examples, we assumed that the same number of widgets were made and sold both before and after the introduction of the tax. This is not true in real life.
The supply and demand economic model suggests that any tax raises the cost of transaction for someone, whether it is the seller or purchaser. In raising the cost, either the demand curve shifts leftward, or the supply curve shifts upward. The two are functionally equivalent. Consequently, the quantity of a good purchased decreases, and/or the price for which it is sold increases.
This shift in supply and demand is not incorporated into the above example, for simplicity and because these effects are different for every type of good. The above example assumes the tax is non-distortionary.
A VAT, like most taxes, distorts what would have happened without it. Because the price for someone rises, the quantity of goods traded decreases. Correspondingly, some people are worse off by more than the government is made better off by tax income. That is, more is lost due to supply and demand shifts than is gained in tax. This is known as a deadweight loss. If the income lost by the economy is greater than the government's income; the tax is inefficient. VAT and a non-VAT have the same implications on the microeconomic model.
The entire amount of the government's income (the tax revenue) may not be a deadweight drag, if the tax revenue is used for productive spending or has positive externalities – in other words, governments may do more than simply consume the tax income. While distortions occur, consumption taxes like VAT are often considered superior because they distort incentives to invest, save and work less than most other types of taxation – in other words, a VAT discourages consumption rather than production.
In the diagram on the right:
Being a consumption tax, VAT is usually used as a replacement for sales tax. Ultimately, it taxes the same people and businesses the same amounts of money, despite its internal mechanism being different. There is a significant difference between VAT and Sales Tax for goods that are imported and exported:
This means that, without special measures, goods will be taxed twice if they are exported from one country that does have VAT to another country that has sales tax instead. Conversely, goods that are imported from a VAT-free country into another country with VAT will result in no sales tax and only a fraction of the usual VAT. There are also significant differences in taxation for goods that are being imported / exported between countries with different systems or rates of VAT. Sales tax does not have those problems – it is charged in the same way for both imported and domestic goods, and it is never charged twice.
To fix this problem, nearly all countries that use VAT use special rules for imported and exported goods:
For these reasons VAT on imports and VAT rebates on exports form a common practice approved by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Consider a Ford car that cost $25,000 to produce in the US (that does not have a VAT, but does have 10% Sales Tax) and an Opel car that costs $25,000 to produce in Germany (that does have 20% VAT). Both prices are shown with all taxes imposed on manufacturers of these cars, including social taxes, income taxes, etc., but without taxes imposed on consumers – that is, sales tax in US and VAT in Germany.
Without a special modification related to Export / Import, customer prices will be
|Cost to produce||Price paid for Ford
|Price paid for Opel
|Taxes paid for Ford
|Taxes paid for Opel
|In the US||$25,000||$27,500||$33,000||$2,500 (10% sales tax only)||$8,000 (Original 20% VAT already on import & later 10% sales tax at retail)|
|In Germany||$25,000||$25,000||$30,000||$0 (No sales tax in Germany)||$5,000 (VAT)|
Note that Opel prices appear to be inherently higher than Ford ones. A common mistake in a lot of examples trying to prove that VAT rebates form as a trade barrier is, to set retail prices equal for both Ford and Opel. This way, prices are initially equal, but become different after all the additional VAT taxes and rebates described below. Such an approach does not take into account the simple fact that Opel prices in the table above always include VAT while Ford prices never include it. That's exactly why additional adjustments are made in VAT taxation.
One may try to object that this simply means that Germany has generally higher taxes but, in fact, this is not the case for consumer taxes. Consider a hypothetical situation where consumer tax remains exactly the same in Germany as in the example above, but now it is collected as 20% Sales Tax:
|Price paid for Ford
|Price paid for Opel
|Taxes paid for Ford
|Taxes paid for Opel|
|In the US||$27,500||$27,500||$2,500 (sales tax only)||$2,500 (sales tax only)|
|In Germany||$30,000||$30,000||$5,000 (sales tax only)||$5,000 (sales tax only)|
Now lets use the same assumption that the end price to the consumer remains $25,000 and there are no taxes. All goods would be sold for $25,000 and no manufacturer has an advantage:
|Price paid for Ford
|Price paid for Opel
|Taxes paid for Ford
|Taxes paid for Opel|
|In the US||$25,000||$25,000||$0 (No tax)||$0 (No tax)|
|In Germany||$25,000||$25,000||$0 (No Tax)||$0 (No Tax)|
Indeed, the end price to the consumer is $25,000 in all instances.
Once again, assuming that the end price to the consumer is $25,000, consider a hypothetical situation where consumer tax remains 10% in the United States, Germany imposes a 20% VAT on imported US goods, rebates its 20% VAT on goods exported to the US, and the US charges a 10% sales tax on both goods:
|Price paid for Ford
|Price paid for Opel
|Taxes paid for Ford
|Taxes paid for Opel|
|In the US||$27,500||$27,500||$2,500 (sales tax only)||$2,500 (sales tax only)|
|In Germany||$30,000||$30,000||$5,000 (VAT tax only)||$5,000 (end price to consumer)|
Even in the case in which a country with a VAT remits exports, price distortions do not occur. A U.S. producer exporting a car to Germany will not be charged the U.S. sales tax, but will be charged the VAT. Since a German domestic producer will also be charged a VAT, both companies are on equal footing in Germany. Similarly, a U.S. company selling a car domestically will be charged a sales tax as will the German manufacturer attempting to sell in the U.S. However, if Germany did not remit the VAT on export, the German producer would be charged both the sales tax and the VAT tax, thus facing a price distortion. The usage of VAT remittance on exports helps ensure that export price distortion does not occur.
The goods and services tax (GST) is a value-added tax introduced in Australia in 2000, which is collected by the Australian Tax Office. The revenue is then redistributed to the states and territories via the Commonwealth Grants Commission process. In essence, this is Australia's program of horizontal fiscal equalisation. Whilst the rate is currently set at 10%, there are many domestically consumed items that are effectively zero-rated (GST-free) such as fresh food, education, and health services, certain medical products, as well as exemptions for Government charges and fees that are themselves in the nature of taxes.
Value-added tax in Bangladesh was introduced in 1991 replacing Sales Tax and most Excise Duties. The Value Added Tax Act, 1991 was enacted that year and VAT started its passage from 10 July 1991. The 10 July is observed as National VAT Day in Bangladesh.
Within the passage of 25 years, VAT has become the largest source of Government Revenue. About 56% of total tax revenue is VAT revenue in Bangladesh; the VAT-GDP ratio in Bangladesh is about 4%.
Standard VAT rate is 15%. Export is Zero rated. Besides these rates, there are several reduced rates locally called Truncated Rate for service sectors that are available, ranging from 1.5% to 10%.
In Bangladesh VAT is characterized by many distortions, i.e., value declaration for products and services, branch registrations, tariff values, truncated rates, many restrictions on credit system, lump-sum VAT (package VAT) advance payment of VAT, excessive exemptions etc. For many distortions, VAT-GDP ratio is about 4% here. To increase the productivity of VAT, the Government enacted the Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty Act of 2012. This law was initially scheduled to operate with an automated administration from 1 July 2017, however the project has now been extended for another two years.
National Board of Revenue 1 is the apex organization administering the Value Added Tax. Relevant rules and acts include: Value Added Tax Act, 1991; Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty Act, 2012; Development Surcharge and Levy (Imposition and Collection) Act, 2015; Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty Rules, 2016. In the face of opposition from businesses, lobby groups and fear of rise in living cost, policymakers preferred deferring the new VAT law and continuing with the existing VAT Act 1991 whilst bringing some changes to it.
Anyone who is selling a product and collects VAT from buyers becomes a VAT Trustee if they: register their business and collect a BIN from NBR; submit VAT returns on time; offer VAT challans to consumers; store all cash-memos; use the VAT rebate system responsibly. Anyone who works in the VAT or Customs department in NBR and deals with VAT trustees is a VAT Mentor.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a value-added tax introduced by the Federal Government in 1991 at a rate of 7%, later reduced to the current rate of 5%. A Harmonized Sales Tax (HST; combined GST and provincial sales tax) is collected in New Brunswick (15%), Newfoundland (15%), Nova Scotia (15%), Ontario (13%), Prince Edward Island (15%), and, for a short time until 2013, British Columbia (12%). (Quebec has a de facto 14.975% HST: its provincial sales tax follows the same rules as the GST, and both are collected together by Revenu Québec.) Advertised and posted prices generally exclude taxes, which are calculated at time of payment; common exceptions are motor fuels, the posted prices for which include sales and excise taxes, and items in vending machines as well as alcohol in monopoly stores. Basic groceries, prescription drugs, inward/outbound transportation and medical devices are exempt.
VAT was implemented in China in 1984 and is administered by the State Administration of Taxation. In 2007, the revenue from VAT was 15.47 billion yuan ($2.2 billion) which made up 33.9 percent of China's total tax revenue for the year. The standard rate of VAT in China is 16%. There is a reduced rate of 13% that applies to products such as books and types of oils.
The European Union value added tax (EU VAT) covers consumption of goods and services and is mandatory for member states of the European Union. The EU VAT's key issue asks where the supply and consumption occurs thereby determining which member state will collect the VAT and which VAT rate will be charged.
Each member state's national VAT legislation must comply with the provisions of EU VAT law, which requires a minimum standard rate of 15% and one or two reduced rates not to be below 5%. Some EU members have a 0% VAT rate on certain supplies; these states would have agreed this as part of their EU Accession Treaty (for example, newspapers and certain magazines in Belgium). Certain goods and services must be exempt from VAT (for example, postal services, medical care, lending, insurance, betting), and certain other goods and services to be exempt from VAT but subject to the ability of an EU member state to opt to charge VAT on those supplies (such as land and certain financial services). The highest rate currently in operation in the EU is 27% (Hungary), though member states are free to set higher rates. There is, in fact only one EU country (Denmark) that does not have a reduced rate of VAT.
There are some areas of member states (both overseas and on the European continent) which are outside the EU VAT area, and some non-EU states that are inside the EU VAT area. External areas may have no VAT or may have a rate lower than 15%. Goods and services supplied from external areas to internal areas are considered imported. (See EU VAT area § EU VAT area for a full listing.)
VAT that is charged by a business and paid by its customers is known as "output VAT" (that is, VAT on its output supplies). VAT that is paid by a business to other businesses on the supplies that it receives is known as "input VAT" (that is, VAT on its input supplies). A business is generally able to recover input VAT to the extent that the input VAT is attributable to (that is, used to make) its taxable outputs. Input VAT is recovered by setting it against the output VAT for which the business is required to account to the government, or, if there is an excess, by claiming a repayment from the government. Private people are generally allowed to buy goods in any member country and bring it home and pay only the VAT to the seller. Input VAT that is attributable to VAT-exempt supplies is not recoverable, although a business can increase its prices so the customer effectively bears the cost of the "sticking" VAT (the effective rate will be lower than the headline rate and depend on the balance between previously taxed input and labour at the exempt stage).
Increased growth and pressure on the GCC's governments to provide infrastructure to support growing urban centers, the Member States of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), which together make up the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), have felt the need to introduce a tax system in the region.
In particular, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 1 January 2018 implemented VAT. For companies whose annual revenues exceed $102,000 (Dhs 375,000), registration is mandatory. Oman's Minister of Financial Affairs indicated that GCC countries have agreed the introductory rate of VAT is 5%. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia VAT system was implemented in 1 January 2018 at 5% rate.
VAT was introduced into the Indian taxation system from 1 April 2005. Of the then 28 Indian states, eight did not introduce VAT at first instance. There is uniform VAT rate of 5% and 14.5% all over India. The government of Tamil Nadu introduced an act by the name Tamil Nadu Value Added Tax Act 2006 which came into effect from the 1 January 2007. It was also known as the TN-VAT. Under the BJP government, a new national Goods and Services Tax was introduced under the One Hundred and First Amendment of the Constitution of India.
Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced into the Indonesian taxation system from 1 April 1985. General VAT rate is ten percent. Using indirect subtraction method with invoice to calculate value added tax payable. VAT was Collected by the Directorate General of Taxation, Ministry of Finance. Some goods and services are exempt from VAT like basic commodities vital to the general public, medical or health services, religion services, educational services and Services provided by the government in respect of carrying out general governmental administration.
In Japan there is a fixed sales tax ("sales tax"), literally translated from Japanese as a "consumption tax". In the country since the spring of 2014 it is 8% and is already included in the price of the goods.
The goods and services tax (GST) is a value-added tax introduced in Malaysia in 2015, which is collected by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department. The standard rate is currently set at 6%. Many domestically consumed items such as fresh foods, water, electricity and land public transportation are zero-rated, while some supplies such as education and health services are GST exempted. After being revised by the newly elected government after the General Election 14, GST will be removed across Malaysia from 1 June 2018 onwards.
As of 8 August 2018, the goods and services tax (GST) has been abolished and replaced by sales and services tax (SST) under the new government which promised to do so in their manifesto. The new SST or SST 2.0, is on track to be rolled out on the 1st of September 2018. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that failure to do so would result in an operating deficit of RM4 billion (approximately 969 million in USD) for the Malaysian government. Under the new tax system, selected items will be subjected to a 5% or 10% tax while services will be subjected to a 6% tax.
Value-added tax (Spanish: Impuesto al Valor Agregado, IVA) is a tax applied in Mexico and other countries of Latin America. In Chile, it is also called Impuesto al Valor Agregado and, in Peru, it is called Impuesto General a las Ventas or IGV.
Prior to the IVA, a sales tax (Spanish: impuesto a las ventas) had been applied in Mexico. In September 1966, the first attempt to apply the IVA took place when revenue experts declared that the IVA should be a modern equivalent of the sales tax as it occurred in France. At the convention of the Inter-American Center of Revenue Administrators in April and May 1967, the Mexican representation declared that the application of a value-added tax would not be possible in Mexico at the time. In November 1967, other experts declared that although this is one of the most equitable indirect taxes, its application in Mexico could not take place.
In response to these statements, direct sampling of members in the private sector took place as well as field trips to European countries where this tax was applied or soon to be applied. In 1969, the first attempt to substitute the mercantile-revenue tax for the value-added tax took place. On 29 December 1978 the Federal government published the official application of the tax beginning on 1 January 1980 in the Official Journal of the Federation.
As of 2010, the general VAT rate was 16%. This rate was applied all over Mexico except for bordering regions (i.e. the United States border, or Belize and Guatemala), where the rate was 11%. The main exemptions are for books, food, and medicines on a 0% basis. Also some services are exempt like a doctor's medical attention. In 2014 Mexico Tax Reforms eliminated the favorable tax rate for border regions and increased the VAT to 16% across the country.
VAT was implemented in 1998 and is the major source of government revenue. It is administered by Inland Revenue Department of Nepal. Nepal has been levying two rates of VAT: Normal 13% and zero rate. In addition, some goods and services are exempt from VAT.
The goods and services tax (GST) is a value-added tax that was introduced in New Zealand in 1986, currently levied at 15%. It is notable for exempting few items from the tax. From July 1989 to September 2010, GST was levied at 12.5%, and prior to that at 10%.
MOMS (Danish: merværdiafgift, formerly meromsætningsafgift), Norwegian: merverdiavgift (bokmål) or meirverdiavgift (nynorsk) (abbreviated MVA), Swedish: Mervärdes- och OMSättningsskatt (until the early 1970s labeled as OMS OMSättningsskatt only), Icelandic: virðisaukaskattur (abbreviated VSK), Faroese: meirvirðisgjald (abbreviated MVG) or Finnish: arvonlisävero (abbreviated ALV) are the Nordic terms for VAT. Like other countries' sales and VAT taxes, it is an indirect tax.
|Year||Tax level (Denmark)||Name|
In Denmark, VAT is generally applied at one rate, and with few exceptions is not split into two or more rates as in other countries (e.g. Germany), where reduced rates apply to essential goods such as foodstuffs. The current standard rate of VAT in Denmark is 25%. That makes Denmark one of the countries with the highest value-added tax, alongside Norway, Sweden and Croatia. A number of services have reduced VAT, for instance public transportation of private persons, health care services, publishing newspapers, rent of premises (the lessor can, though, voluntarily register as VAT payer, except for residential premises), and travel agency operations.
In Finland, the standard rate of VAT is 24% as of 1 January 2013 (raised from previous 23%), along with all other VAT rates, excluding the zero rate. In addition, two reduced rates are in use: 14% (up from previous 13% starting 1 January 2013), which is applied on food and animal feed, and 10%, (increased from 9% 1 January 2013) which is applied on passenger transportation services, cinema performances, physical exercise services, books, pharmaceuticals, entrance fees to commercial cultural and entertainment events and facilities. Supplies of some goods and services are exempt under the conditions defined in the Finnish VAT Act: hospital and medical care; social welfare services; educational, financial and insurance services; lotteries and money games; transactions concerning bank notes and coins used as legal tender; real property including building land; certain transactions carried out by blind persons and interpretation services for deaf persons. The seller of these tax-exempt services or goods is not subject to VAT and does not pay tax on sales. Such sellers therefore may not deduct VAT included in the purchase prices of his inputs. Åland, an autonomous area, is considered to be outside the EU VAT area, even if its VAT rate is the same as for Finland. Goods brought from Åland to Finland or other EU countries is considered to be export/import. This enables tax free sales onboard passenger ships.
In Iceland, VAT is split into two levels: 24% for most goods and services but 11% for certain goods and services. The 11% level is applied for hotel and guesthouse stays, licence fees for radio stations (namely RÚV), newspapers and magazines, books; hot water, electricity and oil for heating houses, food for human consumption (but not alcoholic beverages), access to toll roads and music.
In Norway, VAT is split into three levels: 25% general rate, 15% on foodstuffs and 10% on the supply of passenger transport services and the procurement of such services, on the letting of hotel rooms and holiday homes, and on transport services regarding the ferrying of vehicles as part of the domestic road network. The same rate applies to cinema tickets and to the television licence. Financial services, health services, social services and educational services are all outside the scope of the VAT Act. Newspapers, books and periodicals are zero-rated. Svalbard has no VAT because of a clause in the Svalbard Treaty.
In Sweden, VAT is split into three levels: 25% for most goods and services, 12% for foods including restaurants bills and hotel stays and 6% for printed matter, cultural services, and transport of private persons. Some services are not taxable for example education of children and adults if public utility, and health and dental care, but education is taxable at 25% in case of courses for adults at a private school. Dance events (for the guests) have 25%, concerts and stage shows have 6%, and some types of cultural events have 0%.
MOMS replaced OMS (Danish "omsætningsafgift", Swedish "omsättningsskatt") in 1967, which was a tax applied exclusively for retailers.
The current VAT rate in the Philippines stands at 12%. Like in most other countries, the amount of taxes is included in the final sales price.
Senior citizens are however exempted from paying VAT for most goods and some services that are for their personal consumption. They will need to show a government-issued ID card that establishes their age at the till to avail of the exemption.
According to the Russian Tax code the value-added-tax is levied at the rate of 20% for all goods with several exemptions for several types of products and services (like medicare etc.). Taxpayers of value added tax are recognized: Organizations (industrial and financial, state and municipal enterprises, institutions, business partnerships, insurance companies and banks), enterprises with foreign investments, individual entrepreneurs, international associations and foreign legal entities that carry out entrepreneurial activities in the territory of the Russian Federation, non-commercial organizations in the event of their commercial activities, persons recognized as taxpayers of value added tax in connection with the movement of goods across the customs border of the Customs Union. 
Value-added tax (VAT) in South Africa was set at a rate of 14% and remained unchanged since 1993. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on 21 February 2018 that the VAT rate will be increased by one percentage point to 15%. Some basic food stuffs, as well as paraffin, will remain zero rated. The new rate is to be effective from the 1st of April 2018.
Switzerland has a customs union with Liechtenstein that also includes the German exclave of Büsingen am Hochrhein and (de facto) the Italian exclave of Campione d'Italia. The Switzerland–Liechtenstein VAT area has a general rate of 7.7% and a reduced rate of 2.5%. A special rate of 3.7% is in use in the hotel industry.
Value-added tax (VAT) in T&T is currently 12.5% as of February 1, 2016. Before that date VAT used to be at 15%.
In Ukraine, the revenue to state budget from VAT is the most significant. By Ukraine tax code, there are 3 VAT tax rates in Ukraine: 20% (general tax rate; applied to most goods and services), 7% (special tax rate; applied mostly to medicines and medical products import and trade operations) and 0% (special tax rate; applied mostly to export of goods and services, international transport of passengers, baggage and cargo).
In the United States, currently, there is no federal value-added tax (VAT) on goods or services. Instead, a sales and use tax is used in most US states. VATs have been the subject of much scholarship in the US and are one of the most contentious tax policy topics.
In 2015, Puerto Rico passed legislation to replace its 6% sales and use tax with a 10.5% VAT beginning 1 April 2016, although the 1% municipal sales and use tax will remain and, notably, materials imported for manufacturing will be exempted. In doing so, Puerto Rico will become the first US jurisdiction to adopt a value-added tax. However, two states have previously enacted a form of VAT as a form of business tax in lieu of a business income tax, rather than a replacement for a sales and use tax.
The state of Michigan used a form of VAT known as the "Single Business Tax" (SBT) as its form of general business taxation. It is the only state in the United States to have used a VAT. When it was adopted in 1975, it replaced seven business taxes, including a corporate income tax. On 9 August 2006, the Michigan Legislature approved voter-initiated legislation to repeal the Single Business Tax, which was replaced by the Michigan Business Tax on 1 January 2008.
The state of Hawaii has a 4% General Excise Tax (GET) that is charged on the gross income of any business entity generating income within the State of Hawaii. The State allows businesses to optionally pass on their tax burden by charging their customers a quasi sales tax rate of 4.166%. The total tax burden on each item sold is more than the 4.166% charged at the register since GET was charged earlier up the sales chain (such as manufacturers and wholesalers), making the GET less transparent than a retail sales tax.
Soon after President Richard Nixon took office in 1969, it was widely reported that his administration was considering a federal VAT with the revenue to be shared with state and local governments to reduce their reliance on property taxes and to fund education spending. 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is among current politicians proposing a national VAT in order to pay for universal basic income. A national subtraction-method VAT, often referred to as a "flat tax", has been part of proposals by many politicians as a replacement of the corporate income tax.
A border-adjustment tax (BAT) was proposed by the Republican Party in their 2016 policy paper "A Better Way — Our Vision for a Confident America", which promoted a move to a "destination-based cash flow tax":27 (DBCFT), in part to compensate for the U.S. lacking a VAT. As of March 2017 the Trump Administration was considering including the BAT as part of its tax reform proposal.
Value-added tax (VAT) in Vietnam is a broadly based consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services arising through the process of production, circulation, and consumption. It's an indirect tax in Vietnam on domestic consumption applied nationwide rather than at different levels such as state, provincial or local taxes. It is a multi-stage tax which is collected at every stage of the production and distribution chain and passed on to the final customer. It is applicable to the majority of goods and services bought and sold for use in the country. Goods that are sold for export and services that are sold to customers abroad are normally not subject to VAT.
All organizations and individuals producing and trading VAT taxable goods and services in Vietnam have to pay VAT, regardless of whether they have Vietnam-based resident establishments or not.
Vietnam has three VAT rates: 0 percent, 5 percent and 10 percent. 10 percent is the standard rate applied to most goods and services unless otherwise stipulated.
A variety of goods and service transactions may qualify for VAT exemption.
|Country||Standard rate (current)||Reduced rate (current)||Abbreviation||Local name|
|Austria||20%||10% for rental for the purpose of habitation, food, garbage collection, most transportation, etc.
13% for plants, live animals and animal food, art, wine (if bought directly from the winemaker), etc.
|Belgium||21%||12% or 6% (for food or live necessary consumables) or 0% in some cases||BTW
|Belasting over de toegevoegde waarde |
Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée
|Bulgaria||20%||9% (hotels) or 0%||ДДС||Данък добавена стойност|
|Croatia||25%||13% (since 1 January 2014) or 5% (since 1 January 2013)||PDV||Porez na dodanu vrijednost|
|Cyprus||19%||5% (8% for taxi and bus transportation)||ΦΠΑ||Φόρος Προστιθέμενης Αξίας|
|Czech Republic||21%||15% (food, public transport) or 10% (medicines, pharmaceuticals, books and baby foodstuffs)||DPH||Daň z přidané hodnoty|
|Estonia||20% if >21.99€||9%||km||käibemaks|
|Finland||24%||14% (foodstuffs, restaurants) or 10% (medicines, cultural services and events, passenger transport, hotels, books and magazines)||ALV
|France||20%||10% or 5.5% or 2.1%||TVA||Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée|
|Germany||19% (Heligoland 0%)||7% for foodstuffs (except luxury-), books, flowers etc., 0% for postage stamps. (Heligoland always 0%)||MwSt./USt.||Mehrwertsteuer/Umsatzsteuer|
(16% on Aegean islands)
|13% (6.5% for hotels, books and pharmaceutical products)
(8% and 4% on Aegean islands)
|ΦΠΑ||Φόρος Προστιθέμενης Αξίας|
|Hungary||27%||18% (milk and dairy products, cereal products, hotels, tickets to outdoor music events) or 5% (pharmaceutical products, medical equipment, books and periodicals, some meat products, district heating, heating based on renewable sources, live music performance under certain circumstances) or 0% (postal services, medical services, mother's milk, etc.)||ÁFA||Általános forgalmi adó|
|Ireland||23%||13.5% or 9.0% or 4.8% or 0%||CBL
|Cáin Bhreisluacha (Irish)|
Value Added Tax (English)
|Italy||22% (Livigno 0%)||10% (hotels, bars, restaurants and other tourism products, certain foodstuffs, plant protection products and special works of building restoration, home-use utilities: electricity, gas used for cooking and water or 4% (e.g. grocery staples, daily or periodical press and books, works for the elimination of architectural barriers, some kinds of seeds, fertilizers)||IVA||Imposta sul Valore Aggiunto|
|Latvia||21%||12% or 0%||PVN||Pievienotās vērtības nodoklis|
|Lithuania||21%||9% or 5%||PVM||Pridėtinės vertės mokestis|
|Luxembourg||17%||14% on certain wines, 8% on public utilities, or 3% on books and press, food (including restaurant meals), children's clothing, hotel stays, and public transit||TVA||Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée|
|Malta||18%||7% or 5% or 0%||VAT||Taxxa tal-Valur Miżjud|
|Netherlands||21%||9% for special categories of products and services like food, medicine and art.
0% for products and services that are already taxed in other countries or systems, for excise goods, and for fish.
|BTW||Belasting over de toegevoegde waarde/Omzetbelasting|
|Poland||23%||8% or 5% or 0%||PTU/VAT||Podatek od towarów i usług|
22% in Madeira and 18% in Azores (Minimum 70% of mainland rate)
|13% or 6%
12% or 5% in Madeira and 9% or 4% in Azores (Minimum 70% of mainland rate)
|IVA||Imposto sobre o Valor Acrescentado|
|Romania||19%||9% (food and non-alcoholic drinks) or 5% (buyers of new homes under special conditions)||TVA||Taxa pe valoarea adăugată|
|Slovakia||20%||10%||DPH||Daň z pridanej hodnoty|
|Slovenia||22%||9.5%||DDV||Davek na dodano vrednost|
7% in Canary Islands (not part of EU VAT area)
|10% (10% from 1 September 2012) or 4%
3% or 0% in Canary Islands
|Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido|
Impuesto General Indirecto Canario
|Sweden||25%||12% (e.g. food, hotels and restaurants), 6% (e.g. books, passenger transport, cultural events and activities), 0% (e.g. insurance, financial services, health care, dental care, prescription drugs, education, immovable property)||MOMS||Mervärdesskatt|
0% in Guernsey and Gibraltar (not part of EU VAT area)
|5% residential energy/insulation/renovations, feminine hygiene products, child safety seats and mobility aids and 0% for life necessities – basic food, water, prescription medications, medical equipment and medical supply, public transport, children's clothing, books and periodicals. Also 0% for new building construction (but standard rate for building demolition, modifications, renovation etc.)||VAT
|Value Added Tax
Treth Ar Werth (Welsh)
|Country||Standard rate (current)||Reduced rate (current)||Local name|
|Albania||20%||20% (pharmacies and medical services, books, newspapers)||TVSH = Tatimi mbi Vlerën e Shtuar|
|Andorra||4.5%||1%||IGI = Impost General Indirecte|
|Antigua and Barbuda||15%|
|Argentina||21%||10.5% or 0%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Armenia||20%||0%||AAH = Avelacvats Arzheqi Hark|
ԱԱՀ = Ավելացված արժեքի հարկ
|Australia||10%||0% fresh food, medical services, medicines and medical devices, education services, childcare, water and sewerage, government taxes & permits and many government charges, precious metals, second-hand goods and many other types of goods. Rebates for exported goods and GST taxed business inputs are also available||GST = Goods and Services Tax|
|Azerbaijan||18%||10.5% or 0%||ƏDV = Əlavə dəyər vergisi|
|Bahamas||7.5%||7.5% or 0% (including but not limited to exports of goods or services, services to a foreign going vessel providing international commercial services, consumable goods for commercially scheduled foreign going vessels/aircraft, copyright, etc.)||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Bahrain||5%||0% (pharmacies and medical services, road transport, education service, Oil and gas derivatives, Vegetables and fruits, National exports)||(VAT) ضريبة القيمة المضافة|
|Bangladesh||15%||4% for Supplier, 4.5% for ITES, 5% for electricity, 5.5% for construction firm, etc.||Musok = Mullo songzojon kor|
মূসক = "মূল্য সংযোজন কর"
|Barbados||17.5%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Belarus||20%||10% or 0.5%||ПДВ = Падатак на дададзеную вартасьць|
|Bolivia||13%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||17%||PDV = Porez na dodanu vrijednost|
|Brazil||20% (IPI) + 19% (ICMS) average + 3% (ISS) average||0%||*IPI – 20% = Imposto sobre produtos industrializados (Tax over industrialized products) – Federal Tax|
ICMS – 17 to 25% = Imposto sobre circulação e serviços (tax over commercialization and services) – State Tax
ISS – 2 to 5% = Imposto sobre serviço de qualquer natureza (tax over any service) – City tax
|Canada||5% + 0–10% HST (GST + PVAT)||5%/0%[a]||GST = Goods and Services Tax, TPS = Taxe sur les produits et services; HST[b] = Harmonized Sales Tax, TVH = Taxe de vente harmonisée|
|Central African Republic||19%|
|Chile||19%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|China[c]||16%||10% for foods, printed matter, and households fuels; 6% for service; or 3% for non-VAT tax||增值税 (zēng zhí shuì)|
|Colombia||19%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||16%|
|Dominican Republic||18%||12% or 0%||ITBIS = Impuesto sobre Transferencia de Bienes Industrializados y Servicios|
|Ecuador||12%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Egypt||14% (15% on Communication Services)||VAT = Value Added Tax (الضريبة على القيمة المضافة)|
|El Salvador||13%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado o "Impuesto a la Transferencia de Bienes Muebles y a la Prestación de Servicios"|
|Ethiopia||15%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Faroe Islands||25%||MVG = Meirvirðisgjald|
|Fiji||15%||0%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Gambia||15%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Georgia||18%||0%||DGhG = Damatebuli Ghirebulebis gadasakhadi დღგ = დამატებული ღირებულების გადასახადი|
|Ghana||15%||VAT = Value Added Tax plus National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL; 2.5%)|
|Guatemala||12%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Guyana||16%||0%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Iceland||24%||11%[d]||VSK, VASK = Virðisaukaskattur|
|India[e]||5.5%||5.5%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Indonesia||10%||10%, 0% for primary groceries, medical services, financial services, education and also insurance||PPN = Pajak Pertambahan Nilai|
|Iran||9%||VAT = Value Added Tax (مالیات بر ارزش افزوده)|
|Isle of Man||20%|
|Israel[f]||17%[g] (0% in Eilat)||0% (fruits and vegetables, tourism services for foreign citizens, intellectual property, diamonds, flights and apartments renting)||Ma'am = מס ערך מוסף, מע"מ|
|Japan||8%||shōhizei (消費税) ("consumption tax")|
|Jersey[h]||5%||0%||GST = Goods and Services Tax|
|Jordan||16%||GST = Goods and Sales Tax|
|Kazakhstan||12%||ҚCҚ = Қосылған құнға салынатын салық (Kazakh)|
VAT = Value Added Tax
|Lebanon||11%||TVA = Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée|
|Liechtenstein||7.7%||3.8% (lodging services) or 2.5%||MWST = Mehrwertsteuer|
|Macedonia||18%||5% or 0%||ДДВ = Данок на додадена вредност, DDV = Danok na dodadena vrednost|
|Malaysia[i]||6%||0% for fresh foods, education, healthcare, land public transportation and medicines||GST = Goods and Services Tax|
CBP = Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan
|Maldives||6%||0%||GST = Goods and Services Tax (Government Tax)|
|Mauritius||15%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Mexico||16%||0% on books, food and medicines.||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Moldova||20%||8%, 5% or 0%||TVA = Taxa pe Valoarea Adăugată|
|Monaco||19.6%||5.6%||TVA = Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée|
|Mongolia||10%||0%||VAT = Нэмэгдсэн өртгийн албан татвар|
|Montenegro||21%||PDV = Porez na dodatu vrijednost|
|Morocco||20%||GST = Goods and Sales Tax (الضريبة على القيمة المضافة)|
|Namibia||15%||0%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Nepal||13%||0%||VAT = Value Added Taxes|
|New Zealand||15%||0% (donated goods and services sold by non-profits, financial services, rental payments for residential properties, supply of fine metals, and penalty interest).||GST = Goods and Services Tax|
|Norway||25%||15% (food), 8% (public transport, hotel, cinema) and 0% for electric cars (until 2018)||MVA = Merverdiavgift (bokmål) or meirverdiavgift (nynorsk) (informally moms)|
|Pakistan||17%||1% or 0%||GST = General Sales Tax|
|Palestine||16%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Panama||7%||0%||ITBMS = Impuesto de Transferencia de Bienes Muebles y Servicios|
|Papua New Guinea||10%|
|Paraguay||10%||5%||IVA= Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Peru||18%||IGV – 16% = Impuesto General a la Ventas IPM – 2% Impuesto de Promocion Municipal|
|Philippines||12%[j]||6% on petroleum products, and electricity and water services
0% for senior citizens (all who are aged 60 and above) on medicines, professional fees for physicians, medical and dental services, transportation fares, admission fees charged by theaters and amusement centers, and funeral and burial services after the death of the senior citizen
|RVAT = Reformed Value Added Tax, locally known as Karagdagang Buwis / Dungag nga Buhis|
|Republic of Congo||16%|
|Russia||20%||10% (Essential food, goods for children and medical products) or 0%||НДС = Налог на добавленную стоимость, NDS = Nalog na dobavlennuyu stoimost’|
|Rwanda||18%||0%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||17%||VAT = Value Added Tax|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||15%|
|Saudi Arabia||5%||ضريبة القيمة المضافة|
|Serbia||20%||10% or 0%||ПДВ = Порез на додату вредност, PDV = Porez na dodatu vrednost|
|Singapore||7%||Raised from 5% to 7% in 2007. To be raised from 7% to 9% in 2019.||GST = Goods and Services Tax|
|South Africa||15%||0% on basic foodstuffs such as bread, additionally on goods donated not for gain; goods or services used for educational purposes, such as school computers; membership contributions to an employee organization (such as labour union dues); and rent paid on a house by a renter to a landlord.||VAT = Valued Added Tax; BTW = Belasting op toegevoegde waarde|
|South Korea||10%||VAT = bugase (Hangul: 부가세)|
|Sri Lanka||12%||0%||VAT = Valued Added Tax has been in effect in Sri Lanka since 2001. On the 2001 budget, the rates have been revised to 12% and 0% from the previous 20%, 12% and 0%|
|Switzerland||7.7%||3.7% (hotel sector) and 2.5% (essential foodstuff, books, newspapers, medical supplies)||MWST = Mehrwertsteuer, TVA = Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée, IVA = Imposta sul valore aggiunto, TPV = Taglia sin la Plivalur|
|Taiwan||5%||營業稅 (business tax) / 加值型營業稅 (value-added business tax)|
|Thailand||10%||7%||VAT = Value Added Tax, ภาษีมูลค่าเพิ่ม|
|Trinidad and Tobago||12.5%||0%|
|Tunisia||18%||TVA = Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée آداء على القيمة المضافة|
|Turkey||18%||8% or 1%||KDV = Katma değer vergisi|
|Ukraine||20%||7% or 0%||ПДВ = Податок на додану вартість, PDV = Podatok na dodanu vartist’.|
|United Arab Emirates||5%||ضريبة القيمة المضافة|
|Uruguay||22%||18% or 0%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
|Uzbekistan||20%||QQS = Qoʻshilgan qiymat soligʻi|
|Vietnam||10%||5% or 0%||GTGT = Giá Trị Gia Tăng|
|Venezuela||12%||11%||IVA = Impuesto al Valor Agregado|
As of March 2016, the countries and territories listed remained VAT free.
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia||British Overseas Territory|
|Anguilla||British Overseas Territory|
|Bermuda||British Overseas Territory|
|British Antarctic Territory||British Overseas Territory|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||British Overseas Territory|
|British Virgin Islands||British Overseas Territory|
|Cayman Islands||British Overseas Territory|
|Falkland Islands||British Overseas Territory|
|Gibraltar||British Overseas Territory|
|Guernsey||British Crown Dependency|
|Hong Kong||Special administrative region of China|
|Kuwait||Gulf Co-operation Council (5% VAT planned 2021)|
|Macau||Special administrative region of China|
|Montserrat||British Overseas Territory|
|Oman||Gulf Co-operation Council (5% VAT planned 2019)|
|Pitcairn Islands||British Overseas Territory|
|Qatar||Gulf Co-operation Council|
|Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha||British Overseas Territory|
|Sao Tome and Principe||N/A|
|South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands||British Overseas Territory|
|Syria||Just recent tax of 14,85% (hotels) and 10% (restaurants)|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||British Overseas Territory|
|United States||Sales taxes are collected by most states and some cities, counties, and Native American reservations. The federal government collects excise tax on some goods, but does not collect a nationwide sales tax.|
The "value-added tax" has been criticized as the burden of it falls on personal end-consumers of products. Some critics consider it to be a regressive tax, meaning that the poor pay more, as a percentage of their income, than the rich. Defenders argue that relating taxation levels to income is an arbitrary standard, and that the value-added tax is in fact a proportional tax in that people with higher income pay more in that they consume more. The effective progressiveness or regressiveness of a VAT system can also be affected when different classes of goods are taxed at different rates. To maintain the progressive nature of total taxes on individuals, countries implementing VAT have reduced income tax on lower income-earners as well as instituted direct transfer payments to lower-income groups, resulting in lower tax burdens on the poor.
Revenues from a value-added tax are frequently lower than expected because they are difficult and costly to administer and collect. In many countries, however, where collection of personal income taxes and corporate profit taxes has been historically weak, VAT collection has been more successful than other types of taxes. VAT has become more important in many jurisdictions as tariff levels have fallen worldwide due to trade liberalization, as VAT has essentially replaced lost tariff revenues. Whether the costs and distortions of value-added taxes are lower than the economic inefficiencies and enforcement issues (e.g. smuggling) from high import tariffs is debated, but theory suggests value-added taxes are far more efficient.
Certain industries (small-scale services, for example) tend to have more VAT avoidance, particularly where cash transactions predominate, and VAT may be criticized for encouraging this. From the perspective of government, however, VAT may be preferable because it captures at least some of the value added. For example, a building contractor may offer to provide services for cash (i.e. without a receipt, and without VAT) to a homeowner, who usually cannot claim input VAT back. The homeowner will thus bear lower costs and the building contractor may be able to avoid other taxes (profit or payroll taxes).
Another avenue of criticism of implementing a VAT is that the increased tax passed to the consumer will increase the ultimate price paid by the consumer. However, a study in Canada reveals that in fact when replacing a traditional sales tax with a VAT consumer prices including taxes actually fell, by –0.3%±0.49%.
Because exports are generally zero-rated (and VAT refunded or offset against other taxes), this is often where VAT fraud occurs. In Europe, the main source of problems is called carousel fraud. This kind of fraud originated in the 1970s in the Benelux countries. Today, VAT fraud is a major problem in the UK. There are also similar fraud possibilities inside a country. To avoid this, in some countries like Sweden, the major owner of a limited company is personally responsible for taxes.
Under a sales tax system, only businesses selling to the end-user are required to collect tax and bear the accounting cost of collecting the tax. Under VAT, manufacturers and wholesale companies also incur accounting expenses to handle the additional paperwork required for collecting VAT, increasing overhead costs and prices.
Many politicians and economists in the United States consider VAT taxation on US goods and VAT rebates for goods from other countries to be unfair practice. For example, the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition claims that any rebates or special taxes on imported goods should not be allowed by the rules of the World Trade Organisation. AMTAC claims that so-called "border tax disadvantage" is the greatest contributing factor to the $5.8 trillion US current account deficit for the decade of the 2000s, and estimated this disadvantage to US producers and service providers to be $518 billion in 2008 alone. Some US politicians, such as congressman Bill Pascrell, are advocating either changing WTO rules relating to VAT or rebating VAT charged on US exporters by passing the Border Tax Equity Act. A business tax rebate for exports is also proposed in the 2016 GOP policy paper for tax reform. The assertion that this "border adjustment" would be compatible with the rules of the WTO is controversial; it was alleged that the proposed tax would favour domestically produced goods as they would be taxed less than imports, to a degree varying across sectors. For example, the wage component of the cost of domestically produced goods would not be taxed.
la TVA représente 125,4 milliards d’euros, soit 49,7 % des recettes fiscales nettes de l’État.
3. Налогообложение производится по налоговой ставке 18 процентов в случаях, не указанных в пунктах 1, 2 и 4 настоящей статьи.
The concept of a value added tax in any form as part of the U.S. tax regime has consistently raised the hackles of Republican policy makers and even some Democrats because of fears it could add to the tax burden rather than just redistribute it to consumption from earnings. For decades one of the most hotly debated tax policy topics, a VAT imposes a sales tax at every stage where value is added.
Puerto Rico's adoption of a VAT represents a major shift in tax policy and renders the Commonwealth as the first U.S. jurisdiction to adopt this tax regime.
An ad valorem tax (Latin for "according to value") is a tax whose amount is based on the value of a transaction or of property. It is typically imposed at the time of a transaction, as in the case of a sales tax or value-added tax (VAT). An ad valorem tax may also be imposed annually, as in the case of a real or personal property tax, or in connection with another significant event (e.g. inheritance tax, expatriation tax, or tariff). In some countries a stamp duty is imposed as an ad valorem tax.Consumption tax
A consumption tax is a tax levied on consumption spending on goods and services. The tax base of such a tax is the money spent on consumption. Consumption taxes are usually indirect, such as a sales tax or a value-added tax. However, a consumption tax can also be structured as a form of direct, personal taxation, such as the Hall–Rabushka flat tax.European Union value added tax
The European Union value added tax (or EU VAT) is a value added tax on goods and services within the European Union (EU). The EU's institutions do not collect the tax, but EU member states are each required to adopt a value added tax that complies with the EU VAT code. Different rates of VAT apply in different EU member states, ranging from 17% in Luxembourg to 27% in Hungary. The total VAT collected by member states is used as part of the calculation to determine what each state contributes to the EU's budget.Taxation in Albania
Taxes in Albania are grouped into three main categories:
(a) indirect taxes (VAT, excise,gambling and other indirect taxes),
(b) direct taxes (income tax, personal income taxes, taxes on capital);
(c) local taxes, and
(d) social and health security contributions.
National Taxes, administered by the Central Tax Administration and Customs Administration, include:
1. Indirect taxesa. Value added tax;
b. Excise tax (since 2012 is administered by Custom administration);
c. Taxes on gambling, casinos and hippodromes;
2. Direct taxesd. Income tax;
e. National taxes;
f. Other taxes, which are defined as such by special law, and
g. Customs taxes.
3. Social and health security contributions, as defined in the social insurances law4. Local taxes and tariffs administered by Local Tax Administration include:a. Tax on immovable property, which includes tax on buildings and agricultural land;
b. Tax on hotel accommodation;
Tax on impact of new constructions upon infrastructure;
d. Tax on transfer of ownership right on real estate;
e. Annual tax for vehicle registration;
f. Tax for occupation of public space;
g. Advertising tax;
h. Temporary taxes
i. Registration tariff for various activities;
j. Fee on infrastructure of education;
k. Vehicle parking tariff;
l. Tariff for services.
In Albania, taxes are levied by both federal and local governments. Most important revenue sources, include the income tax, social security, corporate tax and the value added tax, which are all applied on the federal level. The Albanian Taxation Office is the revenue service of Albania.
As of 2014, income tax is progressive, with three brackets.
Earlier, Albania had a flat tax of 10%, which was implemented in 2008. Value-Added Tax is levied at two different rates of 20% as standard rate, and 10% on medicinal products.Social security and health insurance contributions are paid on employment, civil and management income. Contributions is paid on a monthly income, from a minimum of 22,000 to a maximum amount of 95,130. The employees contribution is 9.5% while the employer pays 15%. Health insurance is levied at 1.7% for both employee and employer. The self-employed pay 23% for social security and 7% for health insurance.Corporate tax in Albania is levied at a flat rate of 15%. Businesses with a turnover of less than 8 million is exempt from corporate tax. A business is tax resident when the company has been incorporated in Albania or has a permanent establishment or the management and control is exercised in Albania.Taxation in Austria
In Austria, taxes are levied by the state and the tax revenue in Austria was 42.7% of GDP in 2016 according to the World Bank The most important revenue source for the government is the income tax, corporate tax, social security contributions, value added tax and tax on goods and services. Another important taxes are municipal tax, real-estate tax, vehicle insurance tax, property tax, tobacco tax. There exists no property tax and a Gift tax and inheritance tax were cancelled in 2008. Furthermore, self-employed persons can use a tax allowance of €3,900 per year. The tax period is set for a calendar year. However, there is a possibility of having an exception but a permission of the tax authority must be received. The Financial Secrecy Index ranks Austria as the 35th safest tax haven in the world.Taxation in Azerbaijan
The tax legislation of Azerbaijan is comprised by the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic, the Tax Code and legal standards which are adopted herewith. The taxes levied in Azerbaijan can be generally broken down into 3 main types: state taxes, taxes of autonomy republic and local (municipal) taxes. State taxes include the following: personal income tax, corporate tax, value added tax, excise tax, property tax, land tax, road tax, mineral royalty tax and simplified tax. Taxes of autonomy republic are the same as state taxes but levied in Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic.The Tax Code of Azerbaijan Republic was approved on 11 July 2000 and consists of two parts. The General Part indicates the rights and responsibilities of taxpayers, tax agents and tax authorities, procedures of tax registration, tax control and audit. The second part, also referred to as Special Section, defines specific taxes and their bases, rates, payment schedules and procedures. There exist separate taxation procedures for Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs).From 2010, the government revenues from taxes started to rise. Thus, in 2014, tax revenues as percentage from GDP totaled 14.213%. Highest shares of tax revenues came from value added tax and corporate profit taxes in 2014. In 2015, tax revenues as percentage of GDP were equal to 15.6%.The central executive body which provides the implementation and control of tax policies in the country, collection and transfer of tax payments into the government budget is Ministry of Taxes of Azerbaijan Republic.In Azerbaijan, on January 1, 2001, a new tax code went into effect. Personal income rates remained the same, at rates ranging from 12–35%, as did the corporate tax rate, at 27%. However, as of 2005, the corporate rate was set at 24%. The revised depreciation schedule for corporate assets favors investments in high-tech equipment and oil and gas exploration. Depreciation rates are 10% a year for buildings, 25% a year for equipment and computers, 25% for geological and exploratory costs, and 20% a year for all other assets. However, accelerated depreciation is allowed for capital spending allocated for production purposes at twice the standard rates. Included in this are expenditures on the building of those facilities that are to be used in the actual manufacture of goods. The value-added tax (VAT) was reduced from 20% to 18%, while the property tax was raised from .5% to 1% of assessed value. A .05% Road Fund Tax on turnover was abolished, but there is a highway tax imposed on foreign-registered vehicles collected by customs authorities. There are payroll taxes paid by the employer amounting to 32%, 30% going to the Social Protection Fund, and 2% going to the Employment Fund. There are excise taxes, but excise paid for goods used in production can be off set against excise charged for the finished product. In 2001, total government revenue came to an estimated 21.4% of GDP, while total expenditures, including net lending, amounted to only 20% of GDP, producing a positive fiscal balance equal to 1.4% of GDP.Taxation in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, the principal taxes are Customs Duties, Value-Added-Tax (VAT), Supplementary Duty and personal income taxes and corporate income taxes.Taxation in Hungary
Taxation in Hungary is levied by both national and local governments. Tax revenue in Hungary stood at 38.4% of GDP in 2017. The most important revenue sources include the income tax, Social security, corporate tax and the value added tax, which are all applied at the national level. Among the total tax income the ratio of local taxes is solely 5% while the EU average is 30%.Income tax in Hungary is levied at a flat rate of 15%. A tax allowance is given through a family allowance (Hungarian: családi adókedvezmény), which is equal to the allowance multiplied by the number of "beneficiary dependent children". For one or two children the allowance is HUF 62,500 per child, for three or more HUF 206,250 per child. The allowance can be split between spouses or life partners.
The standard rate of value added tax is 27% as of January 2012 — the highest in the European Union. There is a reduced rate of 5% for most medicines and some food products, and a reduced rate of 18% for internet connections, restaurants and catering, dairy and bakery products, hotel services and admission to short-term open-air events.In January 2017, corporate tax was unified at a rate of 9% — the lowest in the European Union. Dividends received are not subject to taxation, provided that are not received from a Controlled Foreign Company (CFC). Capital gains are included in corporate tax, with certain exemptions.Employment income is subject to social security contributions for the employer at a flat rate of 19.5%. Furthermore, employers pay 1.5% into a training fund. Capital gains are taxed at a flat rate of 15%.Taxation in Italy
Taxation in Italy is levied by the central and regional governments and is collected by the Italian Agency of Revenue (Agenzia delle Entrate). Total tax revenue in 2018 was 42,4% of GDP. Most important earnings are: income tax, social security, corporate tax and value added tax, All of those are collected at national level, but some of those differs across regions. Personal income taxation in Italy is progressive.Taxation in Lithuania
Taxes in Lithuania are levied by the central and the local governments. Most important revenue sources include the value added tax, personal income tax, excise tax and profit tax, which are all applied on the central level. In addition, social security contributions are collected in a social security fund, outside the national budget. Total tax revenues in Lithuania, including social security contributions, was only 27.5% of GDP in 2012, the lowest in the European Union.Taxation in Malta
Taxation in Malta is levied by the State and it is administered by the Commissioner for Revenue (il-Kummissarju tat-Taxxi). The total tax revenues in 2014 amounted to €2,747.6 million, which represents 34.6% of the Maltese GDP. The main sources of tax revenue were Value-added tax, Income Tax, and Social security contributions.Taxation in Namibia
This is an overview of taxes charged to individuals and companies in Namibia.Taxation in Peru
Taxation represents the biggest source of revenues for the Peruvian government (up to 76%). For 2016, the projected amount of taxation revenues was S/.94.6 billion ($29 billion). There are four taxes that make up approximately 90 percent of the taxation revenues:
the income tax (both corporate and personal),
the value-added tax (VAT),
the import tax,
the excise tax.All these four types of taxes are imposed at the national level. There are also municipal taxes based on an individual’s or household’s residence as well as a municipal property tax and a municipal vehicle tax.Taxation in Poland
Taxes in Poland are levied by both the central and provincial governments. Tax revenue in Poland is 31.7% of the country's GDP in 2009. The most important revenue sources include the income tax, Social Security, corporate tax and the value added tax, which are all applied on the national level.
Income earned is generally subject to a progressive income tax, which applies to all who are in the workforce. For the year 2014, two different tax rates on income apply
In 2017, tax rates were changed.  Now, the tax is calculated using two tables. The first table does determine the amount of tax.
The second table is used to determine the allowance from the tax.
Furthermore, a range of social security contributions apply to all in the workforce, and are shared by the employee and the employer. These insurance contributions are paid by both private and public employees until a given ceiling. For the year 2014, the rates in the following table apply
Value-Added Tax applies to most trade in goods in Poland. 23% is the basic rate. Lower rates of 8% and 5% also apply for foodstuffs. Furthermore, some services are taxed at 0% tax rate or exempted from value-added tax.
Overall worker tax rate and mandatory insurance amount to 53%.Taxation in Tanzania
Taxation is one of the oldest functions of the Tanzanian government in running her affairs. By definition, a tax is a compulsory contribution from a person to the state to defray the expenses incurred in the common interest of all without any reference to the special benefits conferred. It is a compulsory contribution or payment for the support of governmental or other public purposes. The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) is the government agency of Tanzania, charged with the responsibility of managing the assessment, collection and accounting of all central government revenue in TanzaniaVAT identification number
A value added tax identification number or VAT identification number (VATIN) is an identifier used in many countries, including the countries of the European Union, for value added tax purposes.
In the EU, a VAT identification number can be verified online at the EU's official VIES website. It confirms that the number is currently allocated and can provide the name or other identifying details of the entity to whom the identifier has been allocated. However, many national governments will not give out VAT identification numbers due to data protection laws.
The full identifier starts with an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 (2 letters) country code (except for Greece, which uses the ISO 639-1 language code EL for the Greek language, instead of its ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code GR) and then has between 2 and 13 characters. The identifiers are composed of numeric digits in most countries, but in some countries they may contain letters.
Foreign companies that trade with non-enterprises in the EU may have a VATIN starting with "EU" instead of a country code, e.g. Godaddy USA EU826010755 and Amazon USA AWS EU826009064.Value-added tax in the United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, the value-added tax (or value added tax, VAT) was introduced in 1973 and is the third-largest source of government revenue, after income tax and National Insurance. It is administered and collected by HM Revenue and Customs, primarily through the Value Added Tax Act 1994.
VAT is levied on most goods and services provided by registered businesses in the UK and some goods and services imported from outside the European Union. There are complex regulations for goods and services imported from within the EU. The default VAT rate is the standard rate, 20% since 4 January 2011. Some goods and services are subject to VAT at a reduced rate of 5% (such as domestic fuel) or 0% (such as most food and children's clothing). Others are exempt from VAT or outside the system altogether.
Under EU law, the standard rate of VAT in any EU state cannot be lower than 15%. Each state may have up to two reduced rates of at least 5% for a restricted list of goods and services. The European Council must approve any temporary reduction of VAT in the public interest.VAT is an indirect tax because the tax is paid to the government by the seller (the business) rather than the person who ultimately bears the economic burden of the tax (the consumer). Opponents of VAT claim it is a regressive tax because the poorest people spend a higher proportion of their disposable income on VAT than the richest people. Those in favour of VAT claim it is progressive as consumers who spend more pay more VAT.Value Added Tax Act 1994
The Value Added Tax Act 1994 (c 23) is a UK tax law, concerning taxation of goods and services that fall within the scope of Value Added Tax (VAT).Value Added Tax Service
The Value Added Tax Service of Ghana is the Government of Ghana agency responsible for the mobilization of tax for the government. The service was formed after the promulgation of the Revenue Agencies (Governing) Board Act in 1998. The Act established a Central governing body to oversee the activities of the then governing boards of IRS, CEPS and VATS.