VAT: 19 food items that are tax free

VAT: 19 food items that are tax free

- The VAT increase of 1% is set to affect a variety of services and goods in South Africa

- The government believes that the poorest will not be negatively affected by the increase, as there are zero-rated or VAT free food products available to them

- It remains to be seen how the VAT increase will affect South Africans' budgets

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One percent may not sound like a lot, but when you're living on a budget, any increase, no matter how small, is felt. If you plan your menu carefully though, and purchase VAT free food items, you could avoid paying the extra tax.

The announcement that VAT would increase from 14% to 15% has been met with horror by many South Africans who are already struggling to put food on the table.

Government, however, believes that there are adequate food sources available that are zero-rated, meaning that they don't have any VAT applied to them.

This should mean that the poorest South Africans will not be affected by the increase in VAT, at least, not when it comes to food.

VAT: 19 food items that are tax free

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Briefly.co.za provides a list of the 19 food items that aren't VAT taxed:

  1. Maize Meal
  2. Rice
  3. Brown Bread
  4. Dried Beans
  5. Vegetables
  6. Fruits
  7. Samp
  8. Vegetable Oil
  9. Mealie Rice
  10. Edible legumes and pulses of leguminous plants
  11. Pilchards in tins
  12. Eggs
  13. Dried Mealies
  14. Milk
  15. Cultured Milk
  16. Dairy Powder Blend
  17. Milk Powder
  18. Lentils
  19. Brown Wheaten Meal

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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