Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois, Sinn Fein)
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116. To ask the Minister for Finance if VAT on natural gas bills is calculated including the carbon tax or minus the carbon tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9041/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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VAT is governed by the EU VAT Directive, with which Irish VAT law must comply. Article 78 of the VAT Directive provides that the taxable amount shall include “taxes, duties, levies and charges, excluding the VAT itself”. The amount on which VAT is chargeable, in accordance with section 37(1) of the Value-Added Tax Consolidation Act 2010, is the total consideration receivable by the supplier, “including all taxes, commissions, costs and charges whatsoever” but not including the VAT itself.

In this respect, in the case of a gas bill, which includes carbon tax, VAT law dictates that VAT should be calculated on the carbon tax element of the bill as well as the charge for the service. More information is available on the Revenue website: www.Revenue.ie.


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