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

How to claim Irish Tax Back for the first time

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Nobody likes having to pay tax.

However, as they say, the only things certain in life are death and taxes.

Well, they forgot to mention tax refunds!

Claiming your tax back is not the easiest process in the world, especially when you are doing it for the first time.

That’s why we have decided to create this blog for workers who are looking to claim Irish tax back for the first time!


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Firstly, am I due a tax refund?

That depends!

Each time your company pays you, your employer will apply both PAYE and USC tax deductions based on information from Revenue on your employee tax credit certificate.

However, if the information on your personal circumstances is not up to date, (marital status, dependents, etc.) this could result in the incorrect allocation of tax bands and credits.

As an employee under the PAYE system, you may be able to claim a tax rebate in Ireland on certain expenses under qualifying conditions including:

Tuition fees

Fee payers for third-level courses can claim tax relief on the costs of tuition fees that are paid for eligible education courses. 

This means, that it is available for either the student, or the one paying for the course, so if you or your parents are paying for more than one child to go to college, the good news is that there is no limit on the number of individuals for whom they can claim!

You can claim tax relief on tuition fees paid for:
- Undergraduate course
- Postgraduate courses
- IT and foreign language courses

For more info on tuition fees, read our blog here.


Flat rate expenses

A Flat Rate Expense is a tax relief that is available to certain people in a broad range of occupations. The intention of Flat Rate Expenses is to help with costs associated with work, for instance, uniforms, tools and equipment.

There is a set amount allocated to each occupation – more for some, less for others.

For example, the lowest Flat Rate Expense that is available is €64 (this is for cabin crew) and the highest Flat Rate is €695 (this is for doctors).

You can find out more on flat rate expenses here.

Medical/dental expenses 

Tax relief is available at 20% for a host of medical and dental expenses in Ireland.

And with the average Irish family spending €2,600 on medical and dental bills per year, it’s easy to see how you could be owed a lot of cash for your appointments.

Did you know you can claim tax back on things such as - doctor and consultant fees, prescriptions, ambulances, physiotherapy, and diagnostic procedures?

You can find out more about what medical relief you are entitled to at our blog here.

Paid medical bills?

Claim your tax back!

You may have overpaid tax 

One of the most frequent ways that young workers are due tax refunds is when they overpay tax.

The first €35,300 of your income will be taxed at 20%. However, when you start or swap jobs, you may be put on emergency tax if you do not provide details of your employment to Revenue.

Generally, anything over 20% if you earn less than €35,300 is considered an overpayment.

You can find out how much you’re due by using our online tax calculator.

How to get your tax back in Ireland

You can always file by yourself using the Revenue website.

To do this, you will need to navigate some tricky forms and questions, and the process can often be tough for people who haven’t filed before.

If you are unsure how to file a tax return by yourself, don’t worry!

You can trust Taxback.com’s experienced tax agents. We will deal with all the paperwork and ensure you avail of every relief you’re entitled to. Apply here!


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Got questions about your tax refund?

Fear not! You are not alone.

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We will be on hand 24/7 to answer all your queries!

About The Author

Rory Lynskey - Digital Content Executive @ Taxback.com

Rory is the Digital Content Executive at Taxback.com. Rory graduated from Technological University Dublin with a degree in Journalism in 2019, and has had his work published both online and in print at a national and regional level.

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