Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 March 2018

VAT hike pushes up cost of registering all horses

AS of January 1, 2014, Horse Sport Ireland is required by the Revenue Commissioners to apply VAT of 23pc to all horse registrations.

The cost of registering a foal with pedigree between January 1 and October 31 will be €62 for Irish Horse Board members and €98 for non-members.

From October 31 onwards, the cost of registering a foal with pedigree rises to €80 for members and €117 for non-members.

Non-pedigree passports will cost €43 for members and non-members.

By law, each foal must be registered within six months of its birth or before December 31 that year, whichever occurs later.

Horses, ponies and donkeys that are not registered before then must be stamped as "not intended for slaughter for human consumption" on their identification document in accordance with S.I. 357 of 2011.

While most breeders are preoccupied only with the first days of the foal's life, it is essential that the option to dispose of the animal at the end of its useful life through the factory route is left open.

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