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Ireland To Permit Fewer Duty Free Cigarette Purchases

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

30 December 2013


Ireland is to curb the number of tax-paid cigarettes that can be brought into the country for personal use without the payment of further excise duty.

The changes will apply to individuals travelling to Ireland from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania after January 1, 2014.

Anyone possessing more than 300 cigarettes will need to declare them to a Revenue officer and pay the appropriate excise duty. Other tobacco products brought in from these states will not be affected, providing that they are for personal use only.

European Union (EU) member states can impose such quantitative limits where cigarettes have been purchased "duty-paid" in any member state that, at January 1, had not yet reached the EU minimum levels of tobacco products tax on cigarettes. Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania have not met this requirement.

If and when these states achieve the necessary minimum level, Ireland will remove the restrictions. They have until December 31, 2017 to do so.

TAGS: individuals | tax | Hungary | Ireland | revenue guidance | Bulgaria | Latvia | Romania | excise duty | tax authority | revenue statistics | tax reform | European Union (EU) | Croatia | Lithuania | Europe

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