Reduced taxation on healthy products ‘low hanging fruit’

On Tuesday, the Groentenfruithuis and platform Healthy Messages advocate a reduction in VAT on fruit and vegetables. It now stands at 9%, and according to the fruit and vegetable organisations, it should be reduced to 5%.

The manifesto states that, with the coronacrisis, healthy food should be more accessible, and fruit and vegetables should therefore become cheaper.

‘Low-hanging fruit’

Professor of General Tax Law Redmar Wolf calls the measure in the manifesto โ€œlow-hanging fruit. Vegetables and fruits lend themselves to such an experiment. A lower VAT rate on fruit and vegetables leads to healthier choices and a more resilient population.โ€

CBS figures show that fruit and vegetables have risen considerably in prices in recent years, especially compared to other products. The VAT rate on fruit and vegetables rose from 6% to 9% on 1 January 2020.

Later this week, the proposal will be sent to Secretary of State Blokhuis (Public Health).