Is it possible to set a reduced (not zero) VAT rate for specific products?

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Hi there, 


I am wondering if it is possible to set up a reduced VAT rate for certain products. For example  in Ireland prescription glasses sold by an optician can be sold at a reduced rate of VAT (11.5% vs 23%)


I can't seem to find a way to set a VAT rate of 11.5% for specific products, is this possible? 




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Shopify Partner
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It is very easy. Create a manual collection in your products menu (manual not automatic!!!) for all the goods that are subject to reduced VAT.





Then make shipping  and products overrides ,  or just product override for this collection  for respective countries. You set the rate manually for overrides  




It all obviously presumes that you collect taxes for the country in question and that the goods are set as taxable in your catalogue.

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Hi @lbrosnan,


@Rostislav has explained this well in their post. You can create a manual collection for the purpose of a tax override, and when the override is applied, all products within the collection will be taxed at the rate that you set. 


In my test store, I went ahead and created a shipping zone for Ireland and then a manual collection for prescription glasses. I was then able to create an 11.5% tax override for that collection for sales made to Irish customers:




Once this override is added, a customer in Ireland would only be charged 11.5% VAT on items in this collection when they check out as opposed to the default Irish VAT rate of 23%.


I hope this explains things but please let me know if you have more questions.

Victor | Social Care @ Shopify 
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