For non-business customers, I'm wondering there is a way to avoid being double-vatted on products purchased from the UK and imported from UK to Ireland?
An example would be if I ordered a €500 laptop from a UK business. This business adds 20% UK VAT, bringing the total to €600. I am now required to pay 23% Irish VAT upon delivery, bringing the total to €738. (These are just rough calculations and there may also be customs duties which I have not included).
The Electronic VAT Refund (EVR) System is no longer available to claim:
- VAT incurred in Great Britain (GB) by Irish traders
If you have suffered VAT in GB you can request a refund of that VAT. This request must be made directly to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
Does the quoted information mean it is possible to get a VAT refund, and if so, is it practical?