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Ireland VAT number format from January 2013

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  • 16 May 2013 | Richard Asquith

Ireland VAT number format from January 2013

Along with all EU member states, Ireland Value Added Tax numbers are in a pre-set format.  Prior to 2013, this consisted of seven unique digits, plus a “EI” prefix, indicating Ireland, for the use on international invoices.

This has now changed to 9 figures – 7 numbers and two letters).  Companies will be given the suffix letters “WH”; unincorporated individuals “FA”.

The new format will only be issued in respect of new VAT registrations, and existing number will be valid until further notice.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.