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.
Professor of General Tax Law Redmar Wolf calls the measure in the manifesto “low-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.”
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).