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September 1, 2022

Peru enacts temporary VAT reduction for specific hotels and restaurants

  • From 1 September 2022 to 31 December 2024, hotels and restaurants will be subject to a reduced value-added tax (VAT) rate.

On 12 August 2022, Peru’s President enacted Law 31556, establishing a temporary VAT rate reduction for activities conducted by restaurants and hotels. According to the law, the purpose of the temporary VAT rate reduction is to promote the economic reactivation of the hospitality sector.


Generally, transactions carried out in Peru are subject to a total VAT rate of 18%, which is composed of a 2% promotion municipal tax and a 16% VAT.

Law 31556

Law 31556 temporarily reduces the VAT rate from 16% to 8% for hotels and restaurants. The promotion municipal tax remains at 2%.

Accordingly, the effective tax rate for hotels and restaurants will be 10% (comprised of the reduced 8% VAT rate plus the 2% promotion municipal tax).

Law 31556 establishes that the reduced VAT rate applies when:  

  • The taxpayer’s primary business is conducting hotel and restaurant activities

  • At least 70% of the taxpayer’s total income comes from hotel and restaurant activities

  • The taxpayer is a part of the micro and small companies’ regime (meaning annual sales of no more than approx. USD 2,057,890)

Under Law 31556, Peruvian companies that are part of a domestic or international economic group will not benefit from the VAT reduction. The law defines “economic group” as a group of companies under the control of the same legal entity or individual.

The total reduced VAT rate of 10% is effective from 1 September 2022, to 31 December 2024.


For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following: 

Ernst & Young Asesores S.C.R.L, Lima

Ernst & Young LLP (United States), Latin American Business Center, New York

Ernst & Young LLP (United Kingdom), Latin American Business Center, London

Ernst & Young Tax Co., Latin American Business Center, Japan & Asia Pacific


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