Pensioners get VAT-free shopping at Carrefour

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SUPERMARKET chain Carrefour will not charge VAT to anyone over 65 on more than 4,000 products, including fresh produce, bread, vegetables, prepared meals, eggs and cheese.

This will apply to more than 65 per cent of the everyday items purchased by pensioners on which they currently pay up to eight per cent VAT.

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It is estimated the chain’s ‘Plan 65’ campaign could save pensioners up to €250 a year. The offer will be valid in all of the chain’s establishments, and to benefit from it, people must become members (for free) of the Carrefour Club, then request their 65+ card.

All they need to do is give it in at the till and the VAT will be discounted automatically, independently of the amount of shopping they are purchasing at the time.

It does not affect other offers, such as the discount accumulated on the Club card.

The trial period will be in place until March 31 when the company will decide whether to continue and how it can be improved.

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