France – changes to VAT rates in January 2014

A number of French VAT rate changes take effect on 1 January 2014, including:

  • The standard French VAT rate is to rise from 19.6% to 20%
  • The VAT rate on restaurant food and related services, hotel accommodation, passenger transport, etc will rise from 7% to 10% (all goods/services currently taxed at 7% will go up to 10%)
  • The current 5,5% rate will not now go down to 5% as was planned
  • Social housing will now be subject to the reduced 5,5% VAT rate
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