NOS News•Today, 15:32
The cabinet wants to lower the VAT on fruit and vegetables in 2024. But first there is an investigation. It had already been agreed in the coalition agreement that the cabinet will examine whether the VAT can be reduced to 0 percent.
State Secretaries Van Ooijen (Public Health) and Van Rij (Fiscality) are now writing to the House of Representatives that the feasibility study should be completed early next year.
Shortly afterwards, they want to cut the knot on a possible bill. They emphasize that “care in implementation is necessary to avoid unfeasible measures”.
Sugar in soft drinks
There will also be studies into the taxation of sugar via the soft drink tax and into a tax on other sugary products. These measures were also announced in the coalition agreement. The research on soft drinks should also be completed in early 2023, and that on other sugary products in September of that year.
The measures are intended to encourage people to eat healthier. Price measures can contribute to this, write Van Ooijen and Van Rij.
Demarcation a puzzle
Before a decision can be taken on the reduction of VAT on fruit and vegetables, those products must first be demarcated, which the state secretaries call a puzzle. The research is based on public health. In any case, unprocessed fresh and frozen vegetables without added salt or sugar are included, as are unprocessed fruit, fresh and frozen.
But there is room for debate about what exactly is raw. The study should, among other things, shed light on the legal sustainability and the efficiency of the reduction. According to preliminary figures, the zero rate on fruit and vegetables could cost the treasury 1 billion euros.