Philip Nolan

Partner, VAT, BDO Dublin

Financial Services | International Services | Healthcare | Real Estate & Construction | Technology, Media & Telecom

Indirect Tax & VAT | Financial Services Tax

Executive summary

Philip is an experienced VAT partner and leads BDO Ireland’s VAT team.

Philip is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor. He has a BA in Accounting and Finance and an MBS in Accounting from DCU.



As Head of VAT, Philip leads a team of tax professionals advising both domestic and international clients on VAT and Indirect tax issues across a range of industries, including financial services, medical and healthcare, real estate, software and technology and indigenous Irish business.

As an experienced VAT professional, Philip has extensive experience in advising on the following:

  • The VAT treatment of transactions, such as property, M&A transactions and cross border supplies;

  • Changes in VAT legislation, Revenue policy and evolving Irish and EU case law;

  • The completion of VAT reviews, including identifying key risks, threats and opportunities and optimising related VAT cash flows;

  • Providing support to clients in relation to Revenue audits (e.g. assistance with Revenue desk audit queries, to the preparation of voluntary disclosures, to negotiating settlements with Revenue);

  • The VAT treatment of services outsourced to Irish/non-Irish service providers and applying VAT exemptions;

  • Developing and reviewing VAT recovery rate methodologies and calculations for clients without full VAT recovery;

  • The management and co-ordination of pan-European and global VAT compliance and advisory projects;

  • VAT compliance process and control reviews; and,

  • Provision of bespoke VAT training for the management of VAT.

Philip is also a regular speaker and writer on VAT and Indirect Taxes issues for the Irish Tax Institute and various other bodies.

Philip also holds a Certificate in Sustainability Strategy, Risk and Reporting from Chartered Accountants Ireland.