Charities welcome Cowen’s EU Vat refund comments

The charity sector has hailed as a major breakthrough the government’s admission that it could refund Vat paid by the charity sector.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
16th December, 2006

The charity sector has hailed as a major breakthrough the government’s admission that it could refund Vat paid by the charity sector.

Responding to a recent Dail question, Minister for Finance Brian Cowen conceded that he could compensate charities without contravening EU regulations.

A spokesman for the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTRG), a group of about 140 Irish charities, welcomed the development, saying it ‘‘represented the first signs of change.” It said...

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