Navigating VAT – The Tax Blitz Series

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Welcome to “Navigating VAT – The Tax Blitz Series” from Clever Burdy

You may be a start-up, a contractor, freelancer or considering becoming self-employed and the one thing you all have in common is that VAT will more than likely come into play in your life. You may also be a budding bookkeeper or accountant looking for a refresher to VAT and this starter pack to VAT is the perfect place to begin. Simply want to learn how to file a VAT Return?…..then this is the perfect course for you.

Areas covered in the course:

  • An introduction to the concept of Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • The European Dimension of VAT
  • The European Court of Justice (ECJ) and its role in Irish VAT
  • VAT – how it differs from other taxes
  • How VAT works
  • Taxable Persons and Accountable Persons
  • Exemption from VAT
  • VAT Thresholds
  • Determining turnover for VAT purposes
  • Sales invoice basis for VAT versus the Monies Received basis
  • How to register for VAT
  • Are VAT registration applications always approved?
  • Rates of VAT
  • How to check current VAT rates
  • Recovery of VAT – deductible and non-deductible VAT
  • Resale and non-resale VAT – why does it matter?
  • VAT Invoicing
  • The concept of “Outside the scope of VAT”
  • Basic bookkeeping for VAT
  • Frequency of VAT Returns
  • How to file a VAT return (VAT3)

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should you do this course?

VAT can be complex so understanding the essential foundations to how it works, who must register and what you can claim VAT on is an absolute must. VAT administration can also be laborious but this course guides you on how to make VAT a breeze. Revenue takes the operation and administration of VAT very seriously so it has never been more important than now to understand VAT.

Who is this course for?

This bespoke course is for business owners, contractors, freelancers,  bookkeepers, accountants or anyone with an interest in VAT and its’ administration. Ideal for anyone looking for a career shake up as it will give you an edge over your competition! Our courses tick all those tax vocational boxes.

What will you learn?

After completing this course you will have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Irish VAT law, you will learn what VAT can be claimed as an input credit versus what VAT is not allowable to claim. You will also recognise when a business is legally obliged to register for VAT and how to register for VAT using Revenue Online Services (ROS). And most importantly you will be completely confident in filing a VAT3 and what records should be retained.

Are Clever Burdy courses tax deductible for my business?

If your course has been purchased to enhance your tax knowledge and to improve or further your business then you can claim the full cost of purchasing your Clever Burdy course as a tax deductible business expense.

Can you claim any CPD accredited hours?

Yes all our tax courses are CPD accredited. For this course you will earn 2 CPD hours

How long does this online course take to complete?

This course takes approx 90 minutes of online viewing plus 30 mins to complete your self-assessment quiz but as this is a self-paced course, you can take your time and simply re-watch any section you want to cover again.

Can the course I purchased only be viewed once?

Absolutely not. When you purchase an online course via the Clever Burdy online learning portal you will have uninterrupted access to your course for 6 months / 180 days from the date your purchase is made.

Are there any examples included?

Yes! You will receive a sample of a bi-monthly VAT scenario to aid you through our practical example of navigating the VAT3.

Is follow up included with Clever Burdy courses?

Traditionally we have never had any course attendees contact us after completion of their course as our courses are designed to be a One-Stop-Shop to answer all your burning questions. We do provide a separate advisory service for anybody that would like to have a 1-2-1 talk with us related to their business. Details of our advisory and mentoring packages are under the services tab on

Tax sometimes changes so will you be kept informed of anything that affects course content?

At Clever Burdy we are super aware that an element of tax could change overnight that may be contradictory to something mentioned in your course. We keep on top of any changes and issue any updates notes to highlight anything you should note in your manual. We also try to edit in changes when possible to do so and we try to record our courses once a year to keep your tax learning fresh, up to date and most importantly……..correct!