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Can I reclaim VAT paid on a UK import?


I plan to buy a July 2020 car in the UK. I understand that I will pay Irish VAT along with the VRT and that I can reclaim the UK VAT from the UK government once the vehicle is registered in Ireland. Is this correct?

Many thanks

Gerry O'Brien

Filed under importing - Asked by Gerry O'BRIEN (Ashbourne) - Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:24

Neil Briscoe Answered by: Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor - @neilmbriscoe


Hi Gerry,

Yes, that’s right. You need to fill out form VAT411, which allows a private individual — whether you are registered for VAT or not — to reclaim the VAT. However, there will be an extra cost involved — UK VAT is charged at 20 per cent, but Irish VAT is 21 per cent (temporarily)...

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