The Revenue Commission plans to add 23% VAT to all supplements from 1 November 2019.
This means that you the consumer, will pay an extra 23% for any vitamins, food supplements, probiotics or herbal remedies that you purchase from Nourish or any other health food store or pharmacy in less than one month’s time.
This is a tax on our health.
In February this year, a vigorous public campaign led the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, to persuade the Revenue Commissioner to defer the 23% VAT rate until 1 November, pending a public consultation.
The consultation’s outcome overwhelmingly called to retain the existing 0% VAT rate on food supplements, citing health and wellbeing benefits as well as the negative economic impact, especially on local health stores.
We need to speak up again.
The decision to stop this health tax lies with the Minister for Finance.
We are working with our suppliers, other health stores and pharmacies to influence this decision, to make sure supplements remain affordable.
You may have noticed petitions, posters and postcards in our stores to let more people know about the campaign and encourage them to make their voice heard.
What can I do?
We know that one of the most effective ways to make change in this country is to make noise.
So we’re asking you, your family and friends, to help us make a racket.
Please email your TD now, before the budget announcement on 8 October, and ask them to STOP THIS VAT.
Every ping in their inbox makes a difference. Every postcard through their constituency office will get noticed.
Tell them how it will affect your health, wellbeing and wallet.
If you’re not sure what to say, you could copy and paste this message below and email it directly to Minister Donohoe: email@example.com
The Revenue Commission plan to add 23% VAT to the vitamins, food supplements, probiotics and herbal remedies that help to maintain my health and wellbeing.
My health is not a luxury, and this is a tax on my health.
I urge you to preserve 0% VAT on all food supplements.