French VAT Rates

On January 1st 2014, the VAT rates in France changed. The standard VAT rate increased from 19.6% to 20%. The reduced rate went from 7% to 10%, and the other reduced rates did not change. The french food industry is mostly affected by the special reduced rate (5%) and the reduced rate (10%).

Water, alcohol-free drinks and products for human consumption are subject to the 5.5% VAT rate. However, there are some exceptions. Chocolate, sweets, caviar, margarine and vegetable fats are subject to the 20% rate. Take-away foods for immediate consumption have a 10% VAT rate, as well as products of agricultural origin, and food that is supplied to care homes and centers. 


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