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Businesses have moral obligation to pass on VAT cut to customers: German minister

Germany's finance minister says businesses have a “moral obligation” to pass a temporary cut in value-added tax on to customers. Officials are keen to ensure that businesses actually cut prices to encourage buying. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told the daily Bild that “if everyone waits to see what others are doing, the economy won't pick up -- and then we could have a long bad economic stretch.” Scholz, who is also vice chancellor, added that that's why everyone should play along..

PTI | Berlin | Updated: 01-07-2020 16:22 IST | Created: 01-07-2020 16:08 IST
Businesses have moral obligation to pass on VAT cut to customers: German minister
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (File photo) Image Credit: Flickr

Germany's finance minister says businesses have a "moral obligation" to pass a temporary cut in value-added tax on to customers. The cut, a centerpiece of a 130 billion-euro (USD 146 billion) stimulus package aimed at helping pull the economy out of the coronavirus crisis, takes effect for six months starting Wednesday.

The main value-added tax rate was cut to 16 percent from 19 percent, and the reduced rate applied to groceries and some other everyday items to 5 percent from 7 percent. Officials are keen to ensure that businesses actually cut prices to encourage buying.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told the daily Bild that "if everyone waits to see what others are doing, the economy won't pick up, and then we could have a long bad economic stretch." Scholz, who is also vice-chancellor, added that that's why everyone should play along.


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