Thursday 19 October 2017

VAT plea as school tech fees soar to nearly €600

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Parents are being asked to spend close to €600 to cover technological costs of pupils going back to school.

VAT on e-books and e-reader devices should be reduced to zero if they are being used for educational purposes, parents believe.

A survey of back-to-school costs found that parents must find a total of €1,834 at second level and €716 at primary level.

MummyPages.ie found that the cost of technology has doubled to €598 for parents of second-level pupils, up from €294 last year.

Some 98pc of mothers surveyed want to see a zero VAT rate introduced on such items.

Meanwhile, 84pc of parents bought a mix of generic and specialist uniform items, up from 67pc last year, after MummyPages.ie campaigned for generic uniforms to be allowed by schools. Laura Erskine, of MummyPages.ie, said: "After five years campaigning for policy change with regards to crested uniform requirements, we have finally been heard. Next on our agenda is to appeal to the Government to introduce new guidelines for publishers of educational textbooks and a zero VAT rate for e-books and e-readers."

Irish Independent

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