The Barbados Revenue Authority has published Policy Note 006/2022, which concerns a temporary reduction in VAT on electricity supplies announced in July that applies from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2023.
Value Added Tax on the Supply of Electricity
The Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment, during the Ministerial Statement on Energy and the Cost of Living on July 19, 2022, announced that, for a period, the rate of Value Added Tax ("VAT") on supply of electricity will be reduced from 17.5% to 7.5% on the first 250-kilowatt hours used by households.
Thereafter, the standard rate of VAT of 17.5% will apply to any portion of the bill issued in excess of the 250-kilowatt hours.
To give effect to the Minister's Statement, the Barbados Revenue Authority advises that:
Commencement and Ending Date
The reduction in VAT rate is effective for all bills with an issue date of August 01, 2022 to January 31, 2023 inclusive.
Method of Calculation
Usage of the first 250-kilowatt hours (inclusive of the customer charge) of electricity by consumers classified within the Domestic and Employee tariffs shall be subject to VAT at a rate of 7.5% and any kilowatt-hours in excess at a rate of 17.5%.