If you worked in any of these countries, you could be due a Tax Refund

Received a letter from Revenue about your tax refund? Here’s how to get your tax back online today!

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Are you one of the 131,000 PAYE taxpayers who received a letter from Revenue about the tax credits or reliefs you may be entitled to claim?

Revenue have recently pushed out reminders about the four-year time limit for claiming tax refunds and that the deadline for 2016 tax claims is 31 December 2020.

Every year countless Irish workers miss out on claiming their tax refund, leaving thousands of euro with the taxman. In fact, the average PAYE refund is €1,076, so it's easy to see why checking what you're owed makes so much sense.

With this in mind, we've put together this handy guide to the most common types of tax relief you can easily claim online today!

1. Medical, non-routine dental and nursing home expenses

Did you know that the average Irish family spends €2,600 on medical and dental expenses, such as GP bills, physio bills and prescriptions, each year? That's a lot! But thankfully, many medical expenses are eligible for tax relief. For a medical expense to be eligible for relief, it must be carried out by a registered practitioner (such as a doctor). Check out our complete list of medical expenses that are eligible for tax relief here.

If you have paid for eligible health expenses, you will be entitled to claim relief at the standard rate of tax - 20% (nursing home expenses can be claimed at your highest rate of tax - 40%).

In order to claim tax relief on your medical expenses you must keep all of the receipts and documents relating to the eligible expenses.

2. Flat Rate Expenses

Flat Rate Expenses – many people are entitled to them, however, not a lot of people know what they are. This means that thousands of euro in Flat Rate Expense tax credits go unclaimed every year!

So, what are Flat Rate Expenses?

A Flat Rate Expense is a type of tax relief that is available to people in certain occupations. The intention of Flat Rate Expenses is to help with costs associated with work, like uniforms, tools and equipment. For example, teachers can claim €518 in expenses, shop assistants can claim €121 and members of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra can claim €2,476! Tax relief due for flat rate expenses is up to 40%, depending on the taxpayer's personal circumstances.

To see if you are entitled to Flat Rate Expenses – check the full list of eligible occupations here. What's more, if you have never claimed flat rate expenses before, the good news is you can go back and claim what you're owed from the past four years!

The average Irish tax refund is €1076.17

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3. Working from home tax relief

If you are one of the many people who have spent the majority of 2020 working from home, you may be entitled to e-worker tax relief. E-worker relief is a tax relief on expenses which people may incur while working from home on either a full or a part-time basis (such as heating, electricity and broadband).

Employers can pay €3.20 tax-free a day to their employee to cover the additional costs associated with working from home. However, it is not a legal obligation for employers to make this payment to their employees.

Where an employer does not pay €3.20 per day to an e-worker, the employee can instead claim a tax refund as below:

  • Electricity and heat - 10% of cost of electricity and heat apportioned on the basis of the number of days worked from home over the year
  • Broadband – In general, 10% of the cost of broadband is apportioned based on the number of days worked from home over the year. However, it is possible to claim 30% of the cost for the duration of the pandemic

 

An employee can then claim tax relief on these expenses at a rate up to 40% depending on their personal circumstances.

For example, if your electricity bill is €1,000, you are entitled to claim 10% of that, i.e. €100. You can then claim tax relief of 20% or 40% on the €100 (which would result in a refund of €20 or €40, depending on your personal circumstances).

E-worker tax relief for 2020 can be claimed in January 2021. However, if you have worked from home prior to 2020, you can claim for e-worker tax relief for the past four years.

The average Irish tax refund is €1076.17

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4. Tuition fees

College can be an expensive time for both parents and students alike. There's a lot of costs associated with college, like a new laptop, textbooks, rent...the list goes on! The good news is that there is tax relief that many college fee payers – parents or students – can potentially benefit from. Third level fee payers can claim tax relief on tuition fees (including the student contribution) that are paid for eligible education courses.

You can claim tax relief on tuition fees paid for:

  • Undergraduate course
  • Postgraduate courses

 

Tax relief is granted at 20% - the standard rate of tax. However, there is a limit of fees, at €7,000 per course, on which you can claim relief.

Find out more about the relief available on tuition fees here.

5. Year of marriage tax relief

If you have tied the knot in the last four years, you could be entitled to year of marriage relief.

In the year you're married, both you and your spouse will continue to be treated as single people for tax purposes. However, if the tax you pay as two single people is greater than the tax payable if you were taxed as a married couple, you can claim the difference as a tax refund. Note: only tax deducted in the months after marriage can qualify for a tax refund.

See here for everything you need to know about marriage and tax in Ireland.

How to claim your tax back online today!

Yes, you can claim your tax refunds directly with Revenue. However, if you are unsure of what you can and can't claim and you would like to ensure you receive your maximum refund, you should apply with Taxback.com.

Our team will ensure that you are submitting a claim for everything you are entitled to! We have a very simple online application process, there's no complicated forms and our team handles all of the tricky paperwork for you!

What's more, we operate a 'No Refund, No Fee' policy, so you won't lose out by applying - Happy Days!

With our average refund of €1,076, it's a no brainer to apply now to see if you qualify for tax relief!

The average Irish tax refund is €1076.17

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About The Author

Zoe Byrne - Digital Content Executive @ Taxback.com

Zoe writes about the latest developments in tax filing, relief and credits for Taxback.com. She has a background in Digital Marketing and has a strong interest in technology, health, fitness and travel.

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