On the occasion of the release of Circular 237 by the Tax Authorities on 17 July 2019, this notification aims at summarizing and informing of the VAT treatment of services that are usually provided by retirement homes. Circular 226 issued on 23 April is replaced with Circular 237 which essentially refers to the VAT rate that should be imposed on services provided by profit making retirement homes.
Main points of circular 237
A. Services and goods supplied by non-profit organizations
The circular refers to the provisions of paragraph 7 of Table A of Schedule Seven of the Cyprus VAT Act which exempts from VAT, the supply of goods and services which are closely linked to social welfare and insurance, including those supplied by retirement homes that are operated by non-profit making organizations.
Whether a retirement home is considered non-profit-making and exempt from VAT is dependent on whether the following criteria are met:
i. No profit distribution to members is allowed.
ii. The administration and management of the organization must be carried out by persons receiving no salary and who have no direct or indirect relationship with the activity of the organization.
iii. The exemption does not create a risk of distortion of competition to other taxable persons.
B. Services and goods supplied by profitable organizations
It is emphasized that organizations which are not exempted in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 7 of Table A of Schedule Seven of the VAT Act, are liable to impose the reduced VAT rate (9%) on the total value of the services they provide (Schedule 12 Paragraph 5).
Under no circumstances the various elements comprising a single service should be separated e.g. physiotherapy, accommodation, nutrition, medical care, medicines, etc., on the invoice issued, imposing different VAT rates for each separate element.
Exemption from the above rule applies only to medical care services falling under paragraph 3 of Schedule Seven of the VAT Act in cases where such services are provided and invoiced directly to a person/patient who is staying in a retirement home or other similar establishment. In all other circumstances, the charge for medical services should be part of a single charge of the establishment to its tenant and the reduced VAT rate (9%) should be imposed on the total value of the provided services.
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