New Two-Tier VAT Registration System

Revenue has developed a two-tier VAT registration system whereby you can apply for a ‘domestic-only’ registration or an ‘intra-EU’ registration. This change will apply only to persons applying for VAT registration after 17 June 2019.

‘Domestic only’ registration applies to goods and services supplied and received in the State. An intra-EU registration will facilitate intra-community acquisitions from, and reporting of intra-community supplies to, all EU Member States including Ireland.

Taxpayers not undertaking any intra-EU trade should apply for ‘domestic-only’ status. Taxpayers intending to trade with businesses elsewhere in the EU should apply for ‘Intra-EU’ status, which will enable them to make zero-rated intra-Community acquisitions.

A simplified registration process will be available for domestic-only applicants (businesses not undertaking any intra-EU trade). If you register for domestic-only purposes and subsequently wish to engage in intra-EU trade, you may then submit an application for an intra-EU registration.

Revenue is currently updating internal systems to facilitate the new registration process. You will see new Revenue Online Service (ROS) screens after 15 June 2019. Revenue advise that full functionality, including the accelerated response for domestic-only applications, should be available from mid-September 2019.

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If you would like to discuss this topic further, please contact OSK Advisers on 01-439 4200 or email

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