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VAT in Ireland

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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VAT-in-IrelandThe Irish value added tax

The value added tax (VAT) is applied to consumers in Ireland. The VAT is collected by Irish companies registered for VAT on the products or services supplied to their customers. The value added tax is also payable for imported products into Ireland. However, in order to be applied the value added tax, the products or services must be imported from outside the European Union. Goods evaluated to a certain threshold may be exempt from VAT in Ireland.

What are the rates of the VAT in Ireland?

The Irish value added tax is charged at different rates, as in most of all European countries. The current tax rates for the Irish VAT were last amended in 2013 and are:

  • - the standard rate of 23% for all goods and services,
  • - 13.5% for fuel, electricity, cleaning services and entertainment,
  • - 9% for touristic activities, hairdressing and newspapers,
  • - 4.8% for agricultural services and products,
  • - 0% for non-alcoholic beverages, fruit and vegetable, health and education products destined to exports.

A reduced tax rate of 13.5% also applies to citizens purchasing real estate property directly from a developer or a builder. Selling or purchasing and old properties is exempt from the VAT in Ireland. Renting a property is also subject to exemption from the value added tax in Ireland

VAT registration in Ireland

VAT registration in Ireland is not compulsory unless a certain threshold has been reached. In case of Irish companies exporting or importing products within the EU, registration is required provided that the registration threshold is exceeded or there are strong reasons to believe it will be exceeds within 12 months. The general turnover threshold for supplying goods or products is established at 75,000 euros for Irish companies, while for individuals manufacturing their products from zero-rated materials the registration threshold is 37,500 euros. Foreign companies supplying goods or services in Ireland are required to register for VAT without any exceptions.

One of the greatest advantages for registering for VAT is that one may claim a refund. If you require help for VAT registration you may rely on our Irish specialists. You may also contact us for personalized accounting services.



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