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21/10/2021

Irish hairdressers want permanent reduced VAT rate to help salons

Irish hairdressers want permanent reduced VAT rate to help salons

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The Irish hairdressing sector are recommending a permanent VAT rate of 9% going forward to help struggling salons. 

That's according to the Irish Hairdressers Federation, which is launching their pre-Budget submission today. 

The recommendations will reportedly support the sector in the wake of closures and restrictions put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic and has been delivered to Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe. 

The VAT rate for hairdressing was reduced to 9% from 13.5% last year in a bid to help the struggling industry, however the Federation want the rate to be permanent going forward. 

As well as the changed VAT, the group also recommends a flat rate subsidy for trainee hairdressers, fast-tracking the introduction of the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship as well as increasing the grant available from €3000 to €6000. 

They also recommend the introduction of a CPD framework for a nationally recognised qualification to help salons employ young people who want a hairdressing career. 

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