Changes at Aldi, Lidl, Rewe, Edeka and other supermarkets: Customers have to adjust to this from July.
- Due to the corona virus, the VAT will be reduced for a limited time.
- Hardly any supermarket does not take part in this possibility.
- The reduction could also have an impact on customers when shopping.
NRW - In order to boost the economy because of the corona virus *, retailers will be able to cut VAT for a limited time. These changes could also help customers get away with Lidl, Aldi, Edeka or Rewe more cheaply. A well-known rule does not apply, as RUHR24.de * reports.
Lower VAT: This rule at Aldi, Lidl, Edeka and Co. is no longer applicable
Because the temporary reduction in VAT could also result in the crooked amounts in supermarkets and discounters being eliminated. Products from Lidl , Aldi, which is currently recalling jam *, Edeka and Co. could then only be available at low prices .
This step would have several advantages, Chip reports. On the one hand, many customers pay for their purchases as part of the corona virus hygiene measures with an EC card. The account balance would be clearer. On the other hand, the retailers save the transportation of the cent coins .
Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Edeka: Why is the VAT reduced?
From July 1st, the VAT will be reduced from the current 19 percent to 16 percent up to and including December 31 of this year. The lower tax rate of 7 percent, on the other hand, goes down to 5 percent. The plan is part of the corona virus stimulus package that the federal government has approved.
Almost all supermarkets and discounters , including Aldi, Lidl or Kaufland, have already announced that they will pass this reduction on to their customers.
VAT is to be reduced for six months. This also has an impact on customers.
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VAT cut boosts economy: Lidl and Aldi pass change on to customers
This should give customers an incentive to consume more. When consumers buy increasingly namely food, cars, furniture or bicycles, which increases the production and the economy is boosted again after the corona Lockdown.
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However, most retailers complain that the cut is only limited until December 31st. In addition, there is no uniform concept of how prices should be structured in the future. Also Lidl, Aldi, Edeka and other supermarkets are in disagreement.
VAT is reduced: Edeka, Aldi and Lidl have to recalculate completely
"It is not as simple as it sounds. Every article is recalculated," a trade expert told Lebensmittel Zeitung . The branches have to reschedule sales due to the change in VAT - and all this shortly before the summer vacation and the largest vacation phase.
In addition, retailers fear that the purchasing power of certain products will increase because they are now cheaper for customers. This should include , for example, drugstore items and coffee . The new buying behavior would have an impact on orders from Aldi, Lidl, Edeka and Co.
#Lidl passes on the #value tax reduction in the #economic package to its customers and welcomes the coalition's decision to relieve the #consumers from daily grocery shopping. #Wumms- Lidl Germany (@lidl) June 4, 2020
Lower VAT: Aldi, Lidl and Edeka expect demand to rise
While the supermarket Tegut, according to Chip, is now considering withdrawing VAT at the checkout, Lidl wants to say goodbye to the so-called "9-cent rule" for the first time. The prices in the discounter should drop by around 1.9 percent at the low tax rate (more service articles on RUHR24.de *).
Products should then be sold as smoothly as possible . Aldi, Edeka or Rewe have not yet followed suit with this change. And whether Lidl will actually implement this concept will only become clear on July 1st. From industry circles, however, it was said that the idea had been positively received by the competition.
* RUHR24.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network