How to claim a tax rebate if you are off sick or unemployed in Ireland

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How to claim a tax rebate if you are off sick or unemployed in Ireland

  • 29 November
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As a taxpayer, have you ever thought of a situation where you are forced to take some time off from your work, fell sick, or got unemployed unexpectedly

if you haven’t thought about it, you should now.

From a financial perspective, this can have a detrimental effect on your life.

If you ever happen to be in this situation, it helpful for you to know that you could be able to claim a tax relief/tax refund if you are off sick or unemployed. You can claim back as far as four years of the tax.

When Can you claim these Tax refunds?

You could claim tax relief if you are out of work due to sickness.

You can claim a tax refund while you are still employed and if you overpaid income tax or by claiming expenses incurred with hiring a carer, paying College tuition fees, etc.

How can you get back tax refund when you are unemployed or out of work?

Mainly if you are unemployed or you’re on you unpaid sick leave, the tax liability you may have will be reduced which means you would likely owe a tax back

The question you guys are thinking is how? right.

Well, As a PAYE worker the tax liability is calculated on a cumulative basis, which means each payday all the income and tax credits from January 1st of that year are accumulated this ensures you paid the correct rate of tax and you have received full benefits of tax relief. If you are taxed incorrectly or you didn’t use your tax credits they are carried to the next period within the tax year.

So basically, your employer is calculating for total tax due to the most recent paycheck you received from January 1st, If your income is reduced by unemployment, or let’s say sickness, you will have unused tax credits and you may be eligible for a tax refund

What are the criteria for a Tax Refund?

You are unemployed and tax has been deducted from your income since the first of January you might be due a tax rebate.
If you didn’t pay any tax you won’t be entitled to a tax refund.

Illness Benefits, Job seeker’s benefits & payments under occupational injury are all schemes that can be a taxable source of income.

If you are thinking about how much you could get back on a refund, it depends on how long you have been unemployed and how much tax you paid, the tax credits you have used, and how much you receive weekly in social welfare payment.

If you are unemployed and want to claim tax relief, you should wait 4 weeks from the date of your unemployment.

If your employer deducted emergency tax, you should apply for a tax refund immediately

In case you are receiving other taxable income which includes social welfare payments, you will have to wait 8 weeks from the date on which you become unemployed.

For making a claim, you’ll have to file a tax repayment Form p50. most people don’t know that they may be entitled to a refund. We at Refund Your tax can help you get back the maximum tax refund. Contact Refund your tax, and get your overpaid tax back into your own pocket.


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