Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (82)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

82. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Finance his views on proposals (details supplied); and the estimated full year cost of such a proposal. [26044/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The VAT rating of goods and services is subject to EU VAT law, with which Irish VAT law must comply. In accordance with Irish VAT legislation, slurry spreading equipment is liable to VAT at the standard rate, currently 23%, and there is no discretion, under the EU VAT Directive, to exempt these goods from VAT.

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that farmers may elect to register for VAT or be treated as flat-rate farmers for VAT purposes. Farmers that are registered for VAT have an entitlement to reclaim VAT charged on costs incurred in relation to the farm business, including VAT borne on the purchase of agricultural equipment. Farmers that are not registered for VAT are compensated for the VAT incurred on goods and services used in the course of their farming business, including purchases of agricultural machinery, through the flat rate addition they receive on payments for their supplies of agricultural produce and services.

With regard to increased funding for low emissions slurry spreading equipment that is a matter for my colleague, Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.