A nationwide campaign is launched to “resuscitate the Irish yoga industry” ahead of World Yoga Day this Sunday.
It is estimated that more than 300,000 people practice yoga regularly in Ireland.
Colm Walsh, of Yoga Dublin, writes:
The Association of Irish Yoga Studios was recently formed to get Ireland’s yoga studios back open, and to keep an industry that was thriving just a few months ago, viable in the future.
They are highlighting that the higher VAT rate for individual service providers has been erroneously applied to yoga studios which are businesses which have fixed overheads, running purpose designed facilities with associated costs, rates, insurance and staff wages.
Unlike yoga studios, gyms had their incorrect classification rectified in 2012.
Several yoga studios have closed permanently since April, and the Minister of Finance must act now to save the rest of the yoga industry in Ireland.
Yoga studios have never been properly VAT classified and this incorrect VAT rate is crippling them as facility providers.
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