Value Added Tax & print - Explained

When you are buying printed materials we highly reccomend you double check the VAT rate you are being charged as there are different rates depending on the product you want.

There are four possible VAT rates you will be charged on printed materials in Ireland, the first one is 0% which is known as VAT exempt or nil rate, the second is 9% which is known as the second reduced rate, the third is 13.5% which is known as the reduced rate and finally there is 23% which is the standard rate of VAT.

If you are not VAT registered and you do not know the rate you are being charged it could be very possible that you are overpaying for print from some suppliers who may not be aware of the different rates. 

Examples of printed material at 0% rate

  • Picture Books
  • School Workbooks
  • Atlases
  • Prayer Books
  • Annual Reports

Examples of printed matter at the second reduced rate of 9%

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Periodicals
  • Comics
  • Maps
  • Sheet Music

Examples of printed material remaining at 13.5% rate

  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Directories
  • Sheet Music
  • Tametables
  • Leaflets/flyers

Examples of printed material at 23% standard rate

  • Greeting cards
  • Memorial Cards
  • Business cards
  • Business Stationery
  • Calendars 
  • Posters
  • Postcards

Please note that the above lists are just examples and were correct at the time of publish. For a full run down of rates and what printed products they apply to we recommend you have a look at Revenues guide to VAT rated for printed matter which can be found by clicking here.

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