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Commercial Vehicles, do you have to be VAT Registered??

  • 26-12-2021 6:44pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,840 ✭✭✭ spankmemunkey

    I was just about to purchase a van and I've been told i must be VAT registered to purchase a van, I carry tools for my job i need to buy timber etc etc but I'm not vat registered.

    I've heard people say its not the case and I've heard people say it is the case.

    What about sole traders??

    The dealer here in Waterford told me its rubbish but i don't want to buy a van and realise i have a problem!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,392 ✭✭✭✭ elperello

    No problem purchasing a van but taxing it commercially is a bit complicated.

    Check the website of the local authority where you will be taxing the vehicle.

    There will be a list of documentation required, if you can supply that documentation you are ok.

  • Registered Users Posts: 225 ✭✭ Rustyman101

    Also if you are taxing privately you will have a bit of a search for insurance cover, for some reason they don't like taxing vans for private individuals, no bother commercial.

    AFAIK you need a VAT number to tax commercial, the stupid questions I got asked when insuring was unreal !

  • Registered Users Posts: 225 ✭✭ Rustyman101

    Another thing even if you tax private you will still need a test every year, its a light vehicle test done in the likes of sheridans not the NCT centre, Again no big deal, age doesn't matter either.