VAT in Lithuania

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Each EU Member State, as well as Lithuania, is free to determine the form and method of transposing EU VAT law into its own national legislation.  

In principle, the EU VAT Directive takes precedence over Lithuanian law. This can be done by either interpreting VAT law in conformity with the EU VAT Directive or directly implementing the EU VAT Directive. Lithuanian courts have the option of requesting a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the interpretation or constitutionality of Lithuanian VAT rules under EU VAT legislation.   

Everything you need to know about VAT registration, returns, Tax Representation (if applicable), and your legal duties in Lithuania is conveniently located right here!

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Scope of Taxation

The VAT Law applies to the entire territory of the Republic of Lithuania as well as the area adjacent to the Republic of Lithuania’s territorial waters, that is, the area where under international law, The Republic of Lithuania has the legal right to explore and utilize the seabed and subsurface natural resources.  


In general, taxable transactions include the supply of goods and the supply of services.


The scope of the VAT includes:  

  •  The supply of goods.
  • The supply of services.
  • The acquisition of goods from the other Member States of the EU under certain conditions.
  • The import of goods under certain conditions.


Supply of Goods  

The transfer of products to another person or a third party, along with the right to dispose of them, is referred to as a supply of goods.  

VAT is charged on the following types of transactions:  

  • A taxable person’s provision of goods or services in Lithuania.  
  • A taxable person’s intra-Community procurement of goods from another EU Member State.  
  • The importation of items from outside the EU, regardless of the importer’s status.  

Taxable persons include:

  • Any taxable person of the Republic of Lithuania or a foreign state is defined as a “taxable person” under Article 2 of the Lithuanian VAT Law.   
  • A legal or natural person of the Republic of Lithuania who engages in any economic activity in Lithuania. 
  • A collective investment enterprise established in the Republic of Lithuania without legal personality who is engaged in investment fund activities is a taxable person of the Republic of Lithuania. 

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Lithuania –  General VAT information



National Legislation  Ministry of Finance, Tax Department 
VAT in local languages   lietuvių kalba  
VAT number format   LT+ 12 digits 
VAT rates  Standard 21%; Reduced 9% and 5% 
Zero-rated (0%) and exempt 
Frequency  Monthly, quarterly, semi-Annual, Annual 


Established  EUR 45,000 
Non-established  None 
Intra-Community supplies  EUR 250,000 
Intra-Community acquisitions  EUR 750,000 
Intra-EU Distance sales and electronically supplied services to consumers (OSS)  EUR 10,000 
Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses  Yes 
Compliance Returns and Deadlines 


VAT Return M  25th day after the end of the taxable period. Annual: 1st of October of the year following the tax year being reported on. 
VAT Return Q  25th day after the end of the taxable period.  Annual: 1st of October of the year following the tax year being reported on. 
Intrastat M  10th day following the end of the month to which the Intrastat statement relates 



Last Updated: 12/08/2022


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