Media Coverage – February 2023

1 in 5 restaurants at risk if VAT increases warns RAI – RTE

“One in every five restaurants in Ireland will be at risk of closure if the Government increases the reduced VAT rate back to 13.5% again as planned, the Restaurants Association of Ireland has warned.”

Extending the reduced 9% VAT Rate – NewsTalk

“Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of joins Bobby to discuss the economic report which advocates for the government to extend the reduced 9% VAT Rate until the end of 2025.”

Cork restaurateur: ‘Closures are going to come’ if Vat increase goes ahead – EchoLive

“Mr Ryan, who is the Cork chair of the Restaurant Association of Ireland said that: “Essentially, the Vat goes up and restaurants either have to up their prices or absorb the costs. At the minute, no one can afford to absorb any more increases, so menu prices will go up. You are talking about businesses that are already on the edge. The Government have it in their power not to put extra pressure on.”

Govt to expand TBESS, keep 9% VAT rate until September – RTE

“The Government has today announced more measures to help businesses deal with cost-of-living increases. It announced a final extension of the 9% reduced VAT rate for the hospitality sector for a further six months. The reduced VAT rate will return to the standard 13.5% rate from September. The measures announced today will also see the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) extended until the end of May.”

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