Easter Holidays 2017

Is Good Friday a Public Holiday? A question we receive many times around this time of year.

The answer is No, Good Friday is not a Public Holiday, however it is in fact a Bank Holiday and can be counted as annual leave if an employee does not work it. An employer is not under any obligation to give their employees a day off, however some employers choose to do so as a good will gesture. The phrase ‘Bank Holiday’ has no legal meaning.  Bank holidays are where banks and schools close for the day.

There are nine Public Holidays in Ireland:

  1. New Years Day 1st January
  2. St. Patrick’s Day – 17th March
  3. Easter Monday
  4. First Monday in May
  5. First Monday in June
  6. First Monday in August
  7. Last Monday in October
  8. Christmas Day – 25th December
  9. St Stephens Day – 26th December

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P35 Deadline 15th February 2016

P35 2016 Deadline Fast Approaching

With the P35 deadline for 2016 fast approaching, as of January 2015 Revenue has issued a notice to employers regarding the completion of the P35 return. In this included the reminder to include any amount of medical insurance (if applicable) eligible for tax relief.  

Where an employer pays Medical Insurance as a benefit in kind for an employee, the ‘Medical Insurance Premium eligible for tax relief paid by employer’ field on the P35L must be completed. The amount of Medical Insurance eligible for tax relief is capped at €1,000 per adult and €500 per child.

 

An example:

Gross premium paid (in respect of a single-person adult policy) by employer in 2016 was €1,500

P35L ‘Medical Insurance Premium eligible for tax relief paid by employer will be €1,000

It is the amount eligible for tax relief (€1,000) that should be included on the P35L and not the amount of Medical Insurance paid by the employer.

Employers:  The deadline for 2016 is February 15th.

File your return and associated payment the easy way through ROS – the extended deadline if you both file and pay through ROS is 23rd February.

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Home Carer’s Tax Credit

Home Carer’s Allowance 2017

The Home Carer’s Tax Credit is applicable to married couples or civil partners who are jointly assessed, where one spouse or civil partner works in the home caring for a dependent person. The credit for 2017 is now €1,100 per annum an increase of €100.00 from 2016. The home carer’s income must not exceed €7,200.

A Home Carer’s Tax Credit can be claimed when:

  • The married couple or civil partners are jointly assessed for tax
  • One spouse or civil partner works in the home caring for one or more dependent people
  • The home carer’s own income is below the threshold in the tax year you are claiming for.

A dependent person is a:

  • Child for whom child benefit is payable
  • Person aged 65 or over
  • Person with a disability that requires care

A dependent person you are caring for cannot be a spouse or civil partner. They can however, be a relative by marriage, or someone for whom you act as a legal guardian.

Applications for the Home Carer’s Tax Credit should be made to Revenue.

 

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Revenue release new App for Android and IOS

Revenue has released a new App and its called RevApp. The service is provided by Revenue to help you manage your tax affairs on the go. Best part is that its completely free!

It provides access to My account, ROS and more.

What’s really good about this app is that Self Employed/Employers can now download a mobile certificate using RevApp, allowing you access to ROS from your mobile device.

RevApp is available now to download free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

You will need internet access to use the app. Revenue advise that you connect to your wifi, particularly when uploading and downloading images of receipts

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Department of Social Protection Christmas Bonus

As part of the budget 2017, it was confirmed that anyone getting monthly payments (welfare and pension recipients), will receive any bonus due in their December payment from the Department.

The Christmas bonus is 85% of your normal payment. This is a non-taxable payment.

Approximately 1.3 million people will benefit from the Christmas bonus in December 2016.

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Small Benefit for Christmas!

Reward your employees this Christmas. Employees can receive a Small Benefit Exemption to the value of €500.00. Not only will your employees be rewarded, Employers also save as they don’t pay any Employer PRSI on this benefit.

Under the Revenue Commissioners approved Small Benefit Exemption Scheme, employers can provide their employees with a small benefit which will not be subjected to PAYE, PRSI or USC. However there are some rules that come with this:

  • The benefit cannot be cash
  • An employee can only receive one such benefit in one tax year
  • The benefit cannot be part of a Salary Sacrifice scheme
  • Whereby the benefit exceeds the threshold, the full value of the benefit will be subject to PAYE, PRSI and USC

The Small Benefit for employees is usually given by the Employer in the form of a voucher, often at Christmas time.

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P45 Changes 2017

Revenue has announced that the ROS and paper version of the P45 has been revised for 2017. And it will include:

  • A PRSI Exemption Indicator for employees who are exempt from paying PRSI in Ireland
  • A USC Exemption Indicator for those employees who are exempt from USC
  • Increased options for pay frequency (0 = weekly, 1 = fortnightly, 2 = monthly, 3 = 4 weekly and 4 = other)

The ROS version of the P45 is available since 27th November 2016, and an updated paper copy (blue version) will be available in early December.

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