Value-added tax


A value added tax (VAT) is a form of consumption tax. As a buyer, it is a tax on the purchase price. As a seller, it is a tax on the "value added" to a product, material or service at his/her stage of its manufacture or distribution. For example, if a television is built by a company in a country that charges VAT, the manufacturer is charged VAT on all of the parts they purchase to produce the television. Once the television is sold, the consumer pays VAT on the entire product. The VAT is ultimately passed on to the end user.

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