Stay and Spend Scheme

What is qualifying expenditure

Qualifying expenditure means expenditure on a qualifying service. The service must be provided by a qualifying service provider.

A qualifying service broadly includes the provision of holiday accommodation and eat-in food and drink.

Holiday accommodation is accommodation in a premises registered or listed with Fáilte Ireland, this includes:

  • bed and breakfasts
  • caravan and camping parks
  • guest houses
  • holiday camps
  • holiday hostels
  • hotels
  • holiday apartments
  • approved holiday cottages
  • youth hostels.

Food and drink must be served and consumed on an eat-in basis in a hospitality premises such as:

  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • licensed premises.


Food and drinks provided on a take-away basis do not qualify for the credit.

Alcoholic drinks or drinks provided without food do not qualify for the credit.

Receipts for qualifying expenditure

You must submit a copy of a receipt for any qualifying expenditure incurred when making a claim. You can do this using the new Revenue Receipts Tracker Service.

Service providers should therefore issue receipts that clearly show:

  • the name of the business
  • an itemised breakdown of the services provided
  • and
  • the Tax Reference Number (where contained on the receipt).

The itemised breakdown should enable the qualifying and non-qualifying expenditure to be clearly identified.

The Receipts Tracker service is available through myAccount. This service will store details of any qualifying expenditure incurred.

Detailed guidance on how to make a claim and submit receipts is available in Tax and Duty Manual Part 15-01-47.

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