French households will pay almost 6.4 billion euros more in 2014, without realising it, due to the new TVA rates applicable next year. On 1st January 2014, TVA rates will increase significantly, to fund the competitive tax credit scheme (CICE) for businesses.
The normal TVA rate for the majority of goods and services will increase from 19.6% to 20%, which should bring 2.6 billion euros. The current intermediate rate of 7% applicable to different sectors such as social housing, renovations, hotels and catering, passenger transport, will increase to 10%. The lower rate of 5.5% applied to commodities such as food will remain unchanged.
The different TVA rate can be confusing, especially for the food industry, since reduced TVA rates apply depending on the mode of consumption:

  • 7% if the food is intended for immediate consumption (if the goods cannot be kept, e.g. ice cream, croissant).
  • 5.5% if the food is sold in a package for conservation (salads and takeaways).

Summary of new TVA rates for 2014

  • Normal rate increases from 19.6% to 20%
  • Intermediary rate increases from 7% to 10% (taux intermédiaire)
  • Lower rate maintained at 5.5% (taux réduit)

Here are two useful links with:

  1. Current TVA rates applicable in 2013
  2. TVA rates applicable for the food industry
Valerie Lemiere

Valerie Lemiere

I launched this site in 2009 and have since written hundreds of articles and answered tens of thousands of questions in my forum. For my day job, which I started in 2009, I work as a conseillère en création d'entreprises for BGE.