#146 What Is Tax Free and Duty Free Shopping in Ireland? — AUDIO

Michele ErdvigMichele Erdvig sheds some light on a topic that can save tourists some serious cash on their purchases in Ireland.

Show Notes

tax free shopping in ireland with Michele Erdvig and Corey Taratuta


  • Liam and the whiskey lady at Shannon Airport Duty Free


  • The world’s first airport Duty Free shopping started at Shannon Airport in County Clare in 1947.




  • Tax Free Shopping vs Duty Free
  • VAT = Value Added Tax


  • VAT refunds for non-European residents


  • Different systems/schemes
  • Voucher slips
  • Fexco Tax Free Horizon Card https://www.shoptaxfree.com/


  • It’s a good idea to make copies of your receipts.


  • At the airport there are tax back kiosks for Horizon Card or refund booths or drop boxes to process your tax back.


  • What if you forget to turn your forms in at the airport?


  • To make things easier, fill out your forms before you get to the airport.


  • If possible, register your Horizon card before you get to the airport.


  • Not every store in Ireland participate in tax back. However, most shops that cater to tourists do.










Author: Corey

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  1. Hi Corey, i wrote to you ahile back about taking a balloon ride for my friends biethday surprise while in Ireland. I have nixed that idea as it will be a hit or miss with theweather. My question now is have you been over to Arran Island, specially Inish Mor? I am now thinking this would be a lovely birthday surprise for my friend. I am stuck as to what I can do to make his birthday special. Any ideas?
    Many thanks in advance. The date I am looking at is May 13 or 14 and we will be up in Galway at that time.

    Regards, Dale

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