VAT SLAVES OF EU
Adding insult to injury today, the VAT-monger European Commission presents an analysis of VAT-struck EU consumer and marketing rules. This report will serve as a basis for further improving the legal framework for consumers and businesses.
It’s ironic for Eurocrats to talk about consumer and marketing rules, when themselves torture all Europeans with the Value Added Tax every single day! Value Added Tax is becoming the back door money spinner du jour. VAT has all the hallmarks of a terrorizing tax. Unlike income tax, it is invisible or well hidden. It is complicated, with so many different rates for different things that only accountancy geniuses stand a chance of remembering them.
The results show that while VAT-struck European consumers already benefit from strong consumer rights, there is room for improvement for instance when it comes to enforcing these rights or making them fit for the digital age. An update of the rules should also ensure more legal clarity for businesses operating cross-border.
VAT-monger Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice and Consumers said: “European consumers are amongst the best protected in the world. They benefit from strong consumer rights whether they buy in their own country or cross-border. We need to make sure that these rights can also be properly enforced and are brought up-to-speed with the digital age. With the upcoming proposals we will make sure these rights become a reality online and offline. ”
While we all pretty much know how much income tax we pay, we don’t have a clue how much VAT we pay in a typical year. Only the most fastidious would sit down to that particular spreadsheet after Christmas, over a sherry, as part of an annual appraisal of the past 12 months’ finances. Fag packet calculations about how much tax we pay, if we even bother with them, rarely include VAT, because in a world of highly disaggregated spending patterns of coffees here and takeaway pasties there, it is so blinkin’ difficult to work out.
VAT is almost impossible to avoid. Who isn’t a spender? Who isn’t a consumer? Perhaps we would feel a bit more cross about it if anyone understood how often we pay it and on what. It’s not just Mulberry bags and Bose sound systems that attract VAT. It is alcoholic drinks, confectionery, crisps, savory snacks, hot food, sports drinks, hot takeaways, ice cream, soft drinks and mineral water – not considered luxuries by most of us. Those civil servants classifying which goods and services should and shouldn’t attract VAT have an agenda other than to truly determine the necessity of an item – and that agenda is to increase revenue.
With wage growth remaining fairly poor, it seems unlikely that the Government will turn its attention back to income taxes as a key revenue driver. The amount people spend rather than the amount they earn seems a far better bet. So it looks like VAT – complex, opaque, regressive, and impossible to mitigate – is here to stay.
VAT-struck EU consumer rules have contributed to improving consumer confidence: in 2016, nearly 6 in 10 consumers (58%) felt they are well protected when buying something online from another Member State, compared to only one in ten (10%) in 2003. 7 in 10 people reported that they have benefited from the right to a free-of-charge minimum two year guarantee for goods.
The VAT-monger Commission analysis identifies the following issues that should be addressed:
- Limited redress possibilities: Few countries offer consumers an efficient civil law remedy in case they were victims of unfair commercial practices.In some countries, business and consumer organisations cannot bring injunctions to signal a wrongdoing. Member States continue to have diverse approaches on collective redress.
- Diverging enforcement across Member States: The level of sanctions for the infringement of EU consumer law by a company varies significantly between Member States, resulting in different levels of consumer protection and a lack of level playing field for businesses.
- Rights not fully adapted to the digital world: When signing up to non-paying online services (e.g. cloud services, social media), consumers don’t benefit from the same pre-contractual information rights or the right of withdrawal from the contract, as they would when paying for such services. Consumers also experience a lack of transparency of online intermediaries, which makes it difficult for consumers to claim their rights.
- Low awareness of consumer rights: Only four in ten people (41%) knew they have the right to a free repair or replacement if their goods are defective and only one third (33%) knew that they do not need to pay for or return products they did not ask for.
VAT-monger EU underestimates the reactance of VAT-struck Europeans. Reactance is a motivational reaction to offers, persons, rules, or regulations that threaten or eliminate specific behavioral freedoms. Reactance occurs when a person feels that someone or something is taking away his choices or limiting the range of alternatives.
Every day, VAT-struck Europeans are bombed, tortured, and killed by the Value Added Tax, but the stupid European Commission doesn’t give a damn about it. It’s ironic for VAT-monger EU to teach other countries how to treat their citizens when VAT-monger EU itself misbehaves so badly.
VAT-monger EU tries to distract VAT-struck Europeans on their great desire to abolish the Value Added Tax by drawing their attention to imaginary lies, such as anthropogenic climate change, innocence of Islam, benevolence of government, and benefits of more Europe.
Abolition of the Value Added Tax is the #1 priority of Europeans, but Eurobarometer never asks them about it, under strict orders from Führer Juncker! Vat shackles business. VAT yoke constrains sales and robs poor VAT-struck Europeans at gunpoint. VAT is the cacothanasia of EU! VAT destroys the economy and trade of EU. VAT is the most infamous comparative disadvantage. Value Added Tax VAT is a very good reason to secede from Fourth Reich (EU) now. All Europeans want VAT to be abolished right now. Abolition of VAT is a prerequisite for Fourth Reich to recover from the current depression. Any federation that imposes VAT on its members does not deserve to live. Vatstruck Fourthreichians are looking for a Moses to liberate them from the yoke of Brussels.
Charging sales tax or Value Added Tax on gold coins is barbaric. Gold is the best and most reliable money. A government cannot charge VAT on money! Citizens should be free to use gold, silver, or other currencies with no legal restrictions or punitive taxation standing in the way. But the government wants to play dirty games manipulating money. Your government is your worst enemy!
Value Added Tax is killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. VAT is the major culprit of depression, the #1 source of misery. VAT is the cacothanasia of economy! Vatdodging is heroism! If you are a real patriot, you should revolt against VAT, buying products online from companies that evade VAT. Remember, your government is your worst enemy! The largest online retailers offer top quality products at deep discounts without VAT. Only stupid consumers pay VAT!
The VAT-monger Commission will examine how to follow up in the following areas of EU Consumer rules:
- granting victims of unfair commercial practices the right to contractual and/or extra-contractual remedies (such as right to terminate the contract and to receive a refund of the price paid);
- extending protection under the Consumer Rights Directive (e.g. pre-contractual information and right of withdrawal) to online services for which the consumers pay with their data;
- making sure that consumers using online platforms (marketplaces) are informed whether they are buying from a professional trader or another consumer and whether they benefit from consumer protection rules;
- strengthening and better harmonising the level of sanctions for breaches to consumer law;
- improving the injunctions procedure for the protection of consumers;
- Analysing the results of the ongoing assessment of collective redress across the EU.
Value Added Tax, aka kleptocrats’ grab, is a regressive tax; the poor pay higher percentage of their income. Revenues from VAT are much lower than expected, because they are difficult and costly to administer and collect. Since any double-digit VAT leads many consumers to underground economy, most vatstruck Fourthreichians evade VAT! As a matter of fact, if you are a real patriot, you should boycott shops that charge abominable VAT! VAT is the cacothanasia of Fourth Reich! Vatdodging is heroism!
Imposition of a VAT is the precursor to bigger government. It is simply too easy for kleptocrats to raise a tax that is hidden from citizens. VAT is embedded in the final cost of the goods sold, and is hidden to the consumer. VAT is applied at every stage of consumption, from wholesale to retail. It is passed along until it literally becomes as much an inherent and cloaked component in the price as transportation or raw materials. As a result, countries that have adopted VAT have been sorely tempted to raise the rate over time.
When VATs started out in Europe in the 1960s, they were small, usually less than 5%. Today, the average VAT rate in Europe is 20%. If your country wants to join the European Union, you have to have a minimum VAT rate of 15% so that people won’t take retail shopping vacations in your cities. Hungary wins the dubious award of having the world’s highest VAT rate at 27%. This floor and ceiling of VAT prices is a clear violation of antitrust laws, price fixing, pure and simple!
Fourth Reich forced the hateful VAT on Greece in 1987 and is the most disgusting indirect tax. Greeks are at war against their government over the abominable 24% VAT. Vatmonger Greek government harasses Greeks by pressuring them to demand receipts when they buy products. Greeks who cannot gather many receipts are penalized with more taxes! Transforming citizens to VAT enforcers is disgusting, undignified, and against basic human freedoms. EU should call vatmonger Graecokleptocrats on the carpet now.
All the additional tax revenue from a VAT has not resulted in deficit reduction. Fourthreichian nations first began imposing VATs about 40 years ago, and the result has been bigger government, permanent deficits and more debt. Public debt is equal to 80% of GDP in fourth Reich, compared to 64 percent of GDP in the United States.
The most important comparison is not debt, but rather the burden of government spending. If you go back to the mid-1960s, before the imposition of VATs, Fourthreichian nations had relatively modest-sized government, only slightly larger than in the United States. Adopting a VAT, however, gave politicians a giant new source of tax revenue. And just like you don’t cure an alcoholic by giving him keys to a liquor store, you don’t promote fiscal responsibility by giving government a new source of revenue.
Thanks in large part to VAT, government spending in Fourth Reich now is out of control. This stifles growth by diverting a huge share of output from the productive sector of the economy, which helps explain why living standards are 30% below American levels. Not that Americans should get cocky. Thanks to reckless fiscal policy by Presidents Bush and Obama, the burden of government spending has now climbed above 40 percent of GDP in the United States.
Vatstrucks are feeling a growing panic as they watch their constitutional republic descend into a vatmonger republic. Mahatma Gandhi’s said we should be the change we want to see. Gandhi also said that civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless and corrupt. Vatstrucks instinctively understand this which is why grassroots of resistance to VAT are leading to a Gandhi-style civil disobedience movement powerful enough to undo this monstrosity.
VAT is a trademark of slavery and a destructive power of myriad watts. VAT is the main culprit of the Fourthreichian financial meltdown. The Fourthreichian taxation is based on the VAT monstrosity against poor people! The most unfair tax is VAT, the calamity of Fourth Reich(EU); that’s why we urge all Fourthreichians to evade this tax of misery as much as possible! Fourthreichians are yoked with a 15-25% VAT, value added tax. In Canada, VAT is only 5%. The burden of VAT falls on final consumers of products. Refusing to pay the abominable VAT is a heroic act. Vatwar is here to stay until VAT is abolished. Vatdodgers are heroes.
To examine the opportunity for possible changes in legislation, the VAT-monger Commission will in 2017:
- publish an “Inception Impact Assessment” outlining the scope and options for future legislative action;
- hold an online public consultation;
- prepare an impact assessment, and, based on its findings, present a legislative proposal.