Revenue has announced that in excess of 1,100 claims, totalling almost €40 million, were made by charities under the Charities VAT Compensation Scheme. The fund for the scheme is capped at €5 million per year, so refunds will be made to claimants on a pro-rata basis.

The deadline for submission of 2018 claims was 30 June 2019 and a “risk-based” review of claims is now underway. Revenue has identified errors in some claims, for example, the inclusion of public funding in the amounts represented as “qualifying income”. Where Revenue identify errors, they will contact the relevant charity to explain the reason for a reduction in the overall claim.

Revenue expected to issue refunds to qualifying claimants, on a pro-rata basis, in October and November.


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