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How to Claim Tax Back

If you earned below €13,000 you might be eligible to a tax refund


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Did you know that if you earned under €13,000 in one year you weren’t entitled to pay tax? Did you notice that on your payslip you probably paid some anyway? While the Revenue Commissioner normally calculates all your tax credits and amount of tax due to be paid for you, it’s generally calculated on the assumption that you’ll be eligible to pay the minimum amount per year. This means, Revenue could potentially owe you money!

Don’t worry, if you think you might have overpaid tax in 2012, that’s fine – you could still be able to get it back. The easiest way to do anything tax-related, is to set yourself up for Revenue Self Service. This is kind of a long process, because, to make sure your details are secure, Revenue will post you out a password. You then use this to sign up online.

  • You’ll need your PPS number too, so make sure you have this ready. Without it, you can’t do anything.
  • Once you’re into the self-service part of the website you can then go into your profile and see how much you’ve earned, how much tax you’ve paid, and what your tax credits are. Then, there is an option to “Request a P21 balancing statement”. This is a document that calculates all the above, and then will decide whether you’ve overpaid or underpaid tax.
  • If you’ve paid too much tax, Revenue will refund you. Either directly into your bank account (if you’ve put your details online), or will post a cheque out to you.
  • Be aware that if you’ve not paid enough tax, Revenue will deduct it from your tax credits so you might end up owing them money.

For more information go to the Citizens Information Website and the Revenue website.

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Published August 23rd, 2016
Last updated November 26th, 2016
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