I don't know where to post this (SOS or IMO), but I'm open to suggestions about what to do about it. Germany has high taxes in general (everything you earn until the beginning of August goes to taxes), but our new coalition government is going too far, IMO. I've been frothing at the mouth about this for two days. Our VAT (value added tax) is 16%, with a special 7% VAT rate for food, pet food,and publications. The government is bankrupt, in part because the politicians are overpaid and enjoy far too many benefits, so the "solution" they've come up with is to raise VAT to 20%. To compensate, the VAT on food will be lowered to 5%, but that for pet food and publications will be raised to 20%! I order cat food (online) by the case for myself, the special needs cats in our local shelter, plus numerous friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, and can take advantage of quantity discounts that way. I got a call from one of the people I order for this evening, asking if I could find a cheaper food for her cat, because she won't be able to afford 20% VAT. This woman is an elderly widow on a low fixed income, whose whole life now revolves around her furbaby. I told her I'd simply order greater quantities, and not to worry about it (we both work, and can absorb the added cost for her), but I'm sure this huge increase is going to have an incredible impact on people's willingness to adopt pets, feed them properly, or even keep them! Not to mention how it's going to affect shelters/rescue organizations. Suggestions?
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11/5/05 at 2:34pm