Country Guide: Ireland
Looking to expand your e-commerce business to Ireland, then look no further, here is AVASK's guide to VAT in Ireland:
Country Profile: Ireland
Irish E-commerce facts:
|Number of e-commerce users:
|Revenue in e-commerce market:
|Estimated market growth:
|8.7% to £3.35 billion by 2024
Irish thresholds and additional summary:
|Distance Selling Threshold (DST)
|VAT number format:
|VAT return period:
|VAT return deadline
|19th of the month following period end
|Annual VAT filing deadline:
|23rd of the month following the end of tax year
|EC sales lists reporting
|Monthly or quarterly
VAT in the Republic of Ireland
Ireland is a member of the European Union (EU) and draws up its tax rules according to the laws or directives issued from Brussels by the EU. The current VAT directive applies to all 27 member states of the European Union, and it governs the rules on VAT compliance, and in some part, covers the setting of VAT rates.
As an EU member state, Ireland is obliged to implement the VAT directives, which provides guidance on VAT. Where there is a conflict, the European Union’s directive takes precedence. Ireland is a member of the European single market economy and uses the Euro (€) as its currency.
VAT registration in Ireland
Both EU and non-EU businesses may trade in Ireland without establishing a local presence. This is known as non-resident VAT trading. There is no VAT threshold in Ireland for the registration of non-resident traders, but you will need one to record transactions and your Irish customers will want proof that you have obtained one.
There are strict rules on the situations where VAT registration is permitted. Common scenarios that require Irish VAT registration include:
- Importing goods into Ireland;
- Organising live events, conferences, etc. in Ireland;
- Holding goods in a warehouse in Ireland as stock for resale;
- Buying goods within Ireland that are subsequently re-sold in-country;
- Selling goods from Ireland to other EU member states;
- Distance-selling to private individuals in Ireland, e.g. internet retailing or trading through an e-commerce platform.
Registering for VAT in Ireland takes place from the beginning of the next taxable VAT period, two months after the date that the application was received by the Irish Revenue Commissioners.
Irish VAT compliance
There are detailed rules controlling the recording and processing of Irish transactions for VAT purposes. This includes guidelines on:
- Irish invoice requirements;
- When to issue a Irish tax invoice;
- Foreign currency reporting;
- Credit notes and corrections;
- Correcting entries from prior returns;
- Which accounting records must be maintained.
VAT rates in Ireland