Inland Revenue Department: Press Release. ( Discounted VAT Rate Day 2016 )

CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS, NOVEMBER 30TH 2016 – The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is pleased to announce that 16th December is the prescribed date for the Discounted VAT Rate Day.

This will allow all VAT registered businesses to charge VAT at the rate of 5% on the sale of goods only.

All tangible items that are currently subjected to 17% VAT will qualify for the discount on Discounted VAT Rate Day.

Items eligible must also be available for sale and immediate issuance or delivery to the customer on Discounted VAT Rate Day. Orders for items not in stock do not qualify.

Guns, ammunition, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are not eligible. Alcoholic beverages not eligible include but are not limited to: wine, brandy, vodka, whiskey, gin, rum, liqueurs, beer, guinness, royal stout, carib, and smirnoff ice.

For vehicle purchases, VAT will be exempt on the first $50,000.00. Any cost in excess of the $50,000 will attract the standard 17% VAT.

It must be noted however that, persons receiving Duty Free concession(s) under the First Time Homeowner initiative are now eligible for the Discounted VAT Rate (5%). Therefore, the goods purchased at Duty Free under the First Time Homeowner initiative will attract the discounted vat rate of 5% VAT.

 Businesses desirous of registering for Discounted VAT Rate Day must ensure that:

  • They have filed all their VAT returns
  • Have no outstanding taxes, licenses, penalties and or interest due to the Inland Revenue Department or the Customs & Excise Department.

Applications forms can be collected from the Inland Revenue Department’s Main Office in the R G Solomon Arcade, Main Street, Charlestown or it can be accessed on our website,, under the VAT 2016 tab. All forms must be returned on or before December 9th 2016 at 3pm.

NB: All businesses that submit an application form will be notified of their status in writing, within three to five business days.

 For more information concerning application and registration for Discounted VAT Rate Day kindly contact the Inland Revenue Department, Taxpayer Services Unit at 469-5856 or email us at, or visit our website at


The Inland Revenue Department is charged with administering the tax laws of the Federation in an efficient and equitable manner, to promote voluntary compliance to maximize Revenue for the development of the Federation at the least cost to the public and in a manner that warrants the highest degree of Public confidence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness. The Inland Revenue Department is the prime revenue collections agency for the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis within the Ministry of Finance, located at Bay Road, Basseterre, and Charlestown, St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies.

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