Rise in VAT due next month
Irish salon owners will see their VAT increasing to 13.5 per cent in February, prompting the Irish Hairdressers Federation to make VAT its campaigning priority for 2023.
It has commissioned a special report after seeking input from its members last November, and will continue to lobby for the lower nine per cent VAT rate to be reinstated, as well as for additional supports. The report is still in development but is expected to highlight both the strain the industry is feeling, and how vital a lower VAT rate is to the Irish economy. It is due to be submitted to government before the end of January.
Between rising stock prices, the staggered introduction of statutory sick pay, the minimum wage hike, and wage increase requests from cost-of-living pressed staff, this VAT rise is yet another expense threatening the stability of salon businesses across Ireland. The IHF – which is headed by Danielle Kennedy until April, when vice president Lisa Eccles takes over – will be holding a planning meeting this month on how best to support its members.