Icelandic VAT rates and compliance

Icelandic VAT rates

There are two VAT rates, plus a nil rating:

The current rates are:

Iceland VAT rates

Rate Type Which goods or services
24% Standard All other taxable goods and services
11% Reduced Hotel accommodation and services; newspapers; foodstuffs; travel agents; and passenger transport; e-books
0% Zero Exports; ships and aircraft; and export services
0% Exempt Financial services; residential property leases; education; public transport; cultural and sporting events; and postal services

Icelandic VAT compliance

As a tax payer, VAT registered business must comply with the rules and record keeping requirements of the VAT Act. This includes invoice format and records.  VAT invoices and records must be stored for at least seven years.

Time of supply

VAT on goods is due – the time of supply – the earlier of delivery, invoice or cash advance payment. For services, it is the time of supply or invoice date if only a short period after the supply.

Import VAT is due at the time of goods clearance into Iceland.

Need help with your Icelantic VAT compliance?

Researching Icelantic VAT legislation is the first step to understanding your VAT compliance needs. Avalara has a range of solutions that can help your business depending on where and how you trade. 

Latest Icelandic news

Iceland scraps e-book VAT 2019

April 10, 2018

Iceland’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs is to reclassify electronic books as zero-rated for Value Added Tax from 1 January 2019. E-books are...

Iceland considers Occupancy Tax over VAT

December 12, 2017

The new Icelandic government has scrapped plans to introduce VAT on short-term room and house rentals. Instead, it will review an Occupancy Tax -...

Iceland VAT rate to 22.5% 2019

April 6, 2017

The Icelandic government is planning to reduce its standard VAT rate from 24% to 22.5% from 1 January 2019. The announcement came as part...