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Is this true about VAT importing from the North?

I have a UK-reg Audi A6. I purchased it in March 2023. I am now moved to the south but have been refused a TOR [Transfer of Residency]. While I wait an appeal I have to clear the car. Do I have to pay 23 per cent VAT and import duty? I have heard that if you have proof that the car has been in Northern Ireland for four months then it is exempt from VAT. Is this true?

Matthew McGloin (Kinlough)

Apr 2024 Filed under: importing

Expert answer

Hi Matthew,

I'm afraid it's not as simple as that at all. Take a read of our Guide to importing a car from Northern Ireland to fully understand the situation.

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor

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