Doctors and nurses wearing masks

Doctors and nurses wearing masks.


The Spanish government will cut the value-added tax on health masks to 4% from 21% in a bid to reduce their retail price amid the coronavirus pandemic, Budget Minister Maria Jesus Montero said this morning.

Speaking during a parliament debate on next year's budget the minister said the government had made the decision after being informed by the European Commission late on Tuesday that the sales tax reduction was acceptable.

"The government will ensure that VAT reduction translates into a lower price for the consumer and not into higher margins for business," she told lawmakers.

The use of masks covering the nose and the mouth to prevent coronavirus contagion has been mandatory for several months in most of Spain - which has the second-highest number of cumulative infections in western Europe - for people from the age of six.


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Harry / Hace 11 months

They were assured in May that they could reduce IVA on masks but chose to ignore it, preferring to get their hands on the cash. When it became common knowledge that Portugal weren’t charging it they changed their story. In other words they lied. Plain and simple.