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Importing a Defender for work - VAT and VRT?

Looking to import a Land Rover Defender 110 as a commercial vehicle. I have a VAT-registered company and it will be used as a commercial vehicle only. I am trying to establish if VAT can be claimed back and if VRT is payable. It's a 2015/2016 model.

David Mahon (Dublin)

Oct 2022 Filed under: importing

Expert answer

Hi David,

The good news is that you should be able to claim back the VAT. Because VAT now applies to all vehicles imported into Ireland from the UK, basically, you’re paying the VAT at the point of entry, at the standard rate of 23 per cent, so if you’re a VAT-registered company you should be able to claim that back as normal. Obviously, double check with your company accountant. 

You will be liable for VRT though, which will be charged at 13.3 per cent of the OMSP (Open Market Selling Price). 

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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