Construction Industry: VAT and C2-Cards

Construction Withholding Tax in Germany:

The construction withholding tax of 15 % might be deducted from payments to subcontractors.  An exemption from this deduction and the refund of the tax can be applied for. 

We offer comprehensive advice on the German tax system.

Our services include:

-Registration for tax and filing of returns

-Application for exemption from construction withholding tax


Relevant Contract Tax (Construction Withholding Tax) in Ireland

A subcontractor’s payments must be filed on Revenue’s online system before it can be given to the subcontractor. This filing will determine if and how much Relevant Contract Tax must be paid.

3 different tax rates may apply:

-35% from the subcontractors wages for a company that is not registered for tax in Ireland

-20% from the subcontractor’s wages for a company with a valid Irish tax registration number

- 0% for a company that is exempt from RCT and that has filled all their tax obligations 

The subcontractor can apply for a refund of the paid RCT. Therefore it would be necessary to apply for an Irish tax number. The RCT will be refunded if the company has filed an application and has performed all tax-obligations in Ireland.

Penalties may occur if the payments are filed late or not at all. This applies to all 0%-20% of RCT.



-Consultation as to whether services for RCT apply

-Registration for RCT and application for the 0% and 20%

-Filing of contracts and payments in the Revenue Online System

-Application for RCT refunds

-Filing of all tax returns