How does VAT work? Would my $1.00 purchase be $1.23 ?
No, not quite. It's already part of the purchase price - the price you see is the price you pay.
It makes sense, you control your spending and what you need. It taxes those that are greedy and feel the need to buy too many things.
Well, VAT does a great job of that too - it's a tax on consumption and an indirect tax, which people ultimately prefer. PO are right whent hey say that it's the least painful way - people who must have luxuries will be taxed, while those who need protected won't really see any difference whatsoever as it won't be levied on essential goods - or at least will be kept at the 3/6% level rather than 23%.
It's worth noting that as part of this proposal, lawyers and doctors will be forced to issue proper VAT receipts for the first time. The 1% increase is only temporary as well.