Excise Duty


Revenue Commissioners

Key information

Receipts for excise duties on alcohols, tobacco, hydrocarbon oils, activities, premises and motor vehicle registration tax (VRT), along with the corresponding quantities (such as litres of sparkling wine, or numbers of licences issued to publicans). Also provided is the excise and VAT content of an average pint of stout, pint of lager, standard measure of whiskey, litre of unleaded petrol, litre of auto diesel, and packet of 20 cigarettes.


The Revenue Statistics & Economic Research Branch at telephone + 353 (0) 1 8589366


Revenue Commissioners' administrative records of receipts of excise duties.


All excisable commodities, activities and premises.



Reference period

Calendar year

Start date



Typically within 12 months of the end of the reference period


  • Head of duty
    Beer; Cider and perry; Spirits; Wine & made wine; Tobacco; Hydrocarbon light oils; Hydrocarbon oils, other sorts; LPG; Vehicle registration tax.
  • Premises or activities
    Betting; Bookmaking premises; Clubs; Firearms certificates; Firearm dealers; Excise duty on public dancing licences etc; Other instances; Foreign travel; Licences; An Post.
  • Mineral hydrocarbon light oils
    Leaded petrol; Unleaded petrol; Super plus unleaded; Aviation gasoline.
  • Liquor licences
    Manufacturers; Dealers; Retailers (Publicans; Spirit retailers; Beer retailers; Cider and perry retailers; Wine retailers; Sweets retailers), with further breakdown by category.
  • Excise licences Class B
    Auctioneers; Auction permits; Bookmakers licences; Gaming; Gaming machines; House agents; Hydrocarbon oil refiners; Hydrocarbon oil vendors; LPG vendors; Amusement machines; Methylated spirit makers; Methylated spirit retailers; Tobacco manufacturers; Bookmakers 361A (Tote); Other.


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