Ireland | Neotax

Have you worked in Ireland?

Need to file a tax return? Find out how much you'll owe or get back as a tax refund.

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FAQ

  • 1. I worked in Ireland and paid taxes. Do I file a tax return?
    • Everybody who works abroad and pays income tax should file a tax return. Under certain conditions, you can refund some of the taxes you (your employer) paid. We refund overpaid taxes from Ireland.
  • 2. What taxes are paid in Ireland?
    • If you are an employee, you normally pay tax through PAYE (Pay As You Earn). Every time your salary is paid, your employer deducts Income Tax (IT), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) and Universal Social Charge (USC). These amounts are paid directly to Revenue.
  • 3. What does “tax refund” mean?
    • A refund means that your employer paid more taxes on your behalf more than was necessary, and you can claim the excess money back. By filing a tax return, you are actually reporting to the Irish Tax Office how much you earned as gross income and how much you paid in taxes while you stayed in Ireland.
  • 4. Why do some agencies claim that they will refund MORE tax overpayment for you than the others?
    • There is no such a thing as “more refund” on your taxes. Be careful, because this might be a marketing trick to attract you to sign a contract. If a tax specialist does your tax return properly, according to the Irish tax law, the refund can be calculated in only one possible way! If an agency applies tax deductions that you are NOT entitled to, your refund will increase on one hand (you will get back more money), but you are at a very high risk that you will have to pay it back to the Tax Office.
  • 5. How much taxes are paid from your income?
      • Income Tax - rates vary between 20% and 40% of your income
      • USC (Universal Social Charge) - If your total income in 2019 is 13.000€ or less, you do not pay any USC. If it is more than 13.000€, you pay USC on your full income and the tax rates vary from 0.5 - 8% (tax rates valid for fiscal year 2019)
      • PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance) - voluntary insurance
  • 6. What documents do you need for your tax refund?
    • In order to get your income tax refund as quickly as possible and to apply for the highest amount, you need to have:
      • A P45 or P60 form from each employer
  • 7. What is a P45 and P60 form?
      • Form P45 - this document you receive from your employer when you leave employment during a fiscal year
      • Form P60 - this document certifies year to year income and the tax and USC deducted from your income. You always receive this document after the end of a fiscal year
  • 8. What if you do not have all the necessary documents?
    • Even if you do not have all of the documents mentioned above, you can still apply for your tax refund. We offer a “replacement” service - we will contact your former employer/s and will request copies of your earning documents as your agent.
  • 9. How many years back can I file my tax return?
    • The limit is set to 4 years. For example, claims for 2016 must be made by 31 December 2020. Claims made after this time cannot be repaid.
  • 10. How long does it take to get my tax refund?
    • On average it takes 10 to 12 weeks to be processed by the tax office. This is counted from the time your documents are received by the tax authorities. The actual time may vary on a case by case basis.
  • 11. When is the deadline for filing the tax return?
    • For income earned in 2019 the required date to submit both returns and payments is no later than 31 October 2019. PAYE workers need to submit a Form 12 unless the non-PAYE income exceeds €5,000. The tax filing deadline for the self-employed in Ireland is 31st October of each year.
  • 12. What are the penalties for late tax return filing/tax paying?
    • If you receive a gift or inheritance, you may have to file a return. The charge for late filing is a percentage of the total tax due for that year, and will depend on the length of the delay. There is an overall cap on the amount you have to pay. If you pay within two months of the filing date, 5% will be added (up to a maximum of €12,695). After that time 10% will be added (up to a maximum of €63,485).
  • 13. Why is your tax calculation different from the actual Tax Office calculation?
    • In some cases, tax officials calculate the tax on your Tax Return higher or lower than the Tax Office shows in the final calculation. What are the most frequent causes?
      • The Tax Office had different data on your record (your employer reported different data than you have on your P45 or P60 form)
      • Your employer wrongly paid more/less than was necessary
      • You may have some debt/overpayment from previous years

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