A trader charges an extra €5 for posting an order. This full amount for postage is paid over to An Post. The €5 is exempt from VAT.
A charge is made for postage that is less than the amount paid over by the supplier to An Post. The postal charge made to the customer is part of the total price of the goods or service supplied. This is subject to the VAT rate applicable to the goods or service in question.
A business providing a distribution service for magazines receives a volume discount for the postage from An Post. This situation depends on a number of factors. The discount from An Post is not passed on in full to the customer.