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  • Online shopping – additional tax and duty charges may apply

    Posted by Eva on 28 November 2020 at 3:32 pm

    The Irish Tax Authority reminds online shoppers to be aware that additional charges can apply once the purchased goods arrive in Ireland. The price of goods advertised online may appear attractively low, this could be because tax and duty have not been included.

    Almost all goods arriving from non-EU countries will be liable to tax and duty Ireland. If you shop online, you need to check whether the advertised price includes any tax and duty costs due before you make your decision to buy the goods concerned.

    If the cost of the goods you buy, including transport, insurance and handling charges, is more than €22 you will have to pay VAT. If your goods alone cost more than €150 you will have to pay Customs Duty and VAT. For example, if you bought a mobile phone online from China, at an equivalent cost of €212, you would have to pay an additional €54.50 in Customs Duty, VAT, insurance and handling fees. When you buy alcohol and tobacco products online from outside the EU, VAT, Customs Duty and Excise Duty, are payable, regardless of the value of your purchase.

    However, online shoppers also need to be aware that while almost all goods arriving from EU countries are not liable to tax and duty, alcohol and tobacco products arriving from another EU Member State are liable to Excise Duty and VAT. For example, the Excise Duty, VAT and handling fee on an average case of 12 bottles of sparkling wine, originating in another EU country, could add up to €119.27 to your purchase price.

    Therefore, make sure you are clear on the actual or real cost of a product before you order it online. This will ensure you not faced with any additional unanticipated charges when you take delivery.

    Further information on tax and duty charges that may arise on goods bought online for personal use can be found on under “buying of goods online for personal use”.


    Eva replied 3 years, 6 months ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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