Irish VAT Compliance – Rates & Registration

Updated on July 18, 2022

It is possible for a firm that is not based in Ireland to be required to register for non-resident VAT if it is delivering taxable deliveries of goods or services in Ireland. In accordance with the EU VAT Directive, foreign traders are legally obligated to register for VAT in certain circumstances in order to report taxable transactions and declare VAT that must be charged.

It is important that all businesses with any commercial activity in Ireland assess their compliance obligations and register prior to commencing taxable transactions if applicable.

What you need to know

In Ireland, there are a variety of circumstances that would necessitate a VAT registration. Here are just a few examples:

Outside of the European Union, importing into Ireland.
In Ireland, you can buy and sell products.
Selling goods from Ireland which are delivered to customers outside of Ireland (business or private customers).
In-country importation of commodities from another member state of the European Union (Intra-community acquisitions).
To sell, distribute, or consign inventory in Ireland.
Consumer purchases of goods via e-commerce that fall inside the Distance Selling VAT registration limits.
Putting on events in Ireland that require a fee from participants or delegates.
Contact us right away for a free consultation if you are now or plan to execute any of the above (or similar) transactions in Ireland.

Irish VAT Rates, Number Formats & Thresholds

The EU rules were revised on 1st July 2021, therefore the thresholds only apply to sales made before that date.

Registration in all EU member states is mandatory for non-EU merchants, regardless of their sales volume. In order to register in every EU state where you distribute goods, sellers in the EU must meet a threshold of €10,000 each year.

See also  Taxation and Customs Union

However, this level applies to all sales in the EU. Find out more about the OSS and how to register.

Value Added Tax Rates VAT Number Format Distance Selling Threshold* (Standard)


€35, 000 €500,000 (Arrivals)
48.8%, 9.1%, and 13.5% of the total (Reduced)
Six hundred and thirty five thousand (Dispatches)
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