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How does Ireland's VAT compare to the rest of Europe?

We checked. Here’s the map.

IN IRELAND, WE love complaining about taxes.

There are many different taxes and charges that we pay and, if you believe some people, we pay more than everyone else.

But, do we?

We checked.

Here is how Ireland compares with the rest of Europe when it comes to VAT.


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Only six European countries pay more in VAT on goods and services, with Germany’s rate 4% lower.

Luxembourg had a 15% rate, but that rose to 17% on 1 January.

In Cyprus and Malta, they pay 19% and 18%, respectively.

If you want to pay the lowest rate of VAT in the EU, head to the Canary Islands. They pay just 7%, because for VAT reasons, they’re outside the EU.

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