On what amount do you charge VAT?

The amount on which Value-Added Tax (VAT) is charged is normally the total sum paid or payable to the person supplying the goods or services. This includes all:

  • taxes
  • commissions
  • costs
  • charges.

It does not include the VAT chargeable in respect of the transaction.

This applies in cases such as the following:

  • supplying goods or services
  • receiving services from abroad
  • acquisitions of goods from other EU Member States.

VAT on imports is charged on the Customs value of the goods.

This means that the amount on which VAT is chargeable is not only the charge for the goods or services supplied. It also includes incidental charges incurred by the supplier which are passed on to the customer.

What if the customer pays by credit card?

Where payment is received by credit card, the taxable amount is the total amount actually charged to the customer by the supplier. Amounts withheld by the credit card companies from their settlements with the traders concerned, form part of the taxable amount.

When payment is not made with money

Consideration for goods or services can be made in a number of forms. Examples of which include cash and payments in kind. Payments in kind can include:

  • the exchange of goods or services as consideration
  • the release of an individual from an obligation.

VAT is chargeable on the open market or arm’s length value of the goods or services received as payment for supplies.