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Taxing Food Supplements is Immoral

Health Stores Ireland, the organisation for which represents over 200 Irish Health Stores, has welcomed the timely interjection on the issue of VAT on food supplements by Professor John Nolan on Newstalks’ Pat Kenny Radio Show, which is aired today. Discussing the Minister for Finance’s intention to introduce 13.5% VAT on all Food Supplements, Professor Nolan explained the vital importance of the use of some Food Supplements in the reduction of sight loss for those suffering with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) an eye condition...

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Nov 4, 2019

Anger at VAT Hike

Health Stores Ireland angry at Minister’s decision to impose 13.5% VAT on health food supplements. Health Stores Ireland has expressed anger at the news that Minister Paschal Donohoe is to implement VAT of 13.5% on health food supplements in the Finance Bill to be published tomorrow. Matt Ronan, Health Stores Ireland, “The move from the Minister flies in the face of this Government’s so called ‘Healthy Ireland’ initiative and will have a detrimental impact on the health of many people.” “There is a real danger that customers...

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Oct 16, 2019

Supplements out of reach for many people

Higher cost could put beneficial supplements out of reach for many people. A leading Irish academic has expressed serious concerns at plans to impose taxation on food supplements. Professor John Nolan, founder of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland stated, “Our research has extensively studied the role of Nutrition in Vision and the prevention of blindness and identifies how targeted supplementation can help to retain visual function for the large number of Irish people afflicted with age-related macular degeneration”. AMD is the...

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Oct 1, 2019

Budget Submission -VAT on Food Supplements

BUDGET 2020 Options for the VAT treatment of food supplements. Executive summary This submission sets out why the decades old practice and policy of applying the zero VAT rate to food supplements should continue.  It demonstrates that there has been no credible case put forward for applying the standard or a reduced VAT rate to food supplements from a legal, health or business impact perspective.It recommends that the Finance Act 2019 should confirm the zero rating of food supplements to provide political and policy clarity to retailers and...

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Sep 16, 2019

Health Stores welcome VAT deferral but …

Ireland’s 200+ independent health stores are delighted that the planned application of 23% VAT on all vitamins and food supplements has been deferred by the Irish Revenue Commissioners until November to allow for the Government to legislate an acceptable alternative. An intensive campaign which culminated with a protest and a presentation of 75,000 petition signatures outside the Dail and the offices of the Revenue on February 26th was greeted with the unexpected announcement of the deferral. Health Stores Ireland President, Gerald Colfer...

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Mar 14, 2019

Outrage over food supplement tax

National outrage over new proposed health supplement tax Independent health food stores are running a national day of action to highlight a planned 23% consumer tax hike on vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Health Stores Ireland shops from Bandon to Bundoran are using the theme of “Black Friday” to highlight the impact of the VAT increase on customers who purchase supportive nutritional products like fish oils, glucosamine, probiotics and vitamins like folic acid and vitamin D. Health Stores Ireland spokesperson, Matt Ronan said...

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Feb 7, 2019

Don’t Tax Health Choices

On December 27th 2018, the Revenue Commissioners introduced a new 23% Vat rate for all food supplements, including vitamins, minerals, probiotics and fish oils. The 23% rate will come into effect on 1st March 2019.This move will seriously undermine the health of people who rely on food supplements to maintain their health. This includes: People who rely on food supplements, such as iron, to address diet deficiencies. People who take food supplements to reduce the risk factors of diseases, such as heart disease. People who take food...

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Jan 25, 2019

No Health Tax – Act now!

First the Sugar Tax – now the Health Tax! :: PRESS RELEASE ::  Government wants it both ways on health. In news which has sent shockwaves throughout the entire health and vitality sector, the Minister for Finance is reported to be eyeing up placing a flat rate of VAT on the majority of health food supplements. Most food supplements (excluding sport nutrition and beauty supplements) have had a traditional VAT rating of 0% for over 40 years. Without legislation enshrining this, Revenue have committed to applying VAT at 23% on all food...

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Nov 12, 2018

Vitality Expo – Free Tickets

Vitality Expo 8th & 9th September 2018, RDS Dublin Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Tickets €10 – Kids go free Vitality Expo is Ireland’s largest natural health and wellbeing show taking place this weekend. Presented to you by Health Stores Ireland. Your destination for healthy living. ​Featuring some of Ireland’s best-known speakers from the world of natural health, wellbeing and fitness, Vitality Expo promises to be a weekend full of nutrition, fitness, learning and fun. Ask for your complimentary ticket at your local...

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Sep 4, 2018

Embrace your inner glow

It’s been a harsh winter and I’d like to think that, if there is any justice, a great summer complete with all the benefits of getting out of doors more, is on the way. Many of us will think of how to get that summer sun kissed look but because (a) there are no guarantees of sun and, (b) when it does show its face, we must be so careful about being safe in the sun, I think it’s wise to have a plan B in place. Many people turn to tanning products to get the sun kissed look without sun or sunbed. But even here care is needed as many of...

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Jun 27, 2018

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