Returning to Ireland in 2019? How to apply for tax credits

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Returning to Ireland in 2019? – Here’s what you need to know.

Tax is always a major concern for ex-pats thinking of returning to Ireland. In a special holiday season series, our tax department are sharing some of the common questions that we are frequently asked from people who are looking to return home.

Question #2: I’m planning on returning to Ireland and taking up employment. I have been away for a number of years. How do I apply for tax credits?

When you return to Ireland, you will need to register your new job with Revenue. This is now done through a new system called MyAccount which will allow you to add your new job and apply for a tax credit certificate.

In order to use MyAccount, you will firstly need to register with Revenue as a new user. On completion of the online registration, Revenue will issue you with a temporary password. On receipt of your password you should firstly log into MyAccount at which time you will be prompted to change your password. You can then register your new job and apply for your tax credit certificate.

We recommend doing this as early as possible to avoid your employment income being subject to emergency tax.

Read the answers to the rest of our tax series on returning home:

Question #1: I’m planning on returning to Ireland midway through 2019. Will my foreign employment income be taxable in Ireland?

Question #3: I have been living abroad for a number of years and am planning on returning to Ireland. I bought a property abroad and will sell the property before returning to Ireland. Will the proceeds be taxable when brought into Ireland? What about any money I have saved in my foreign bank account?

Question #4: I am planning on buying a home when I return to Ireland. What are the taxes and reliefs available to me?

Question #5: I have made contributions to a foreign pension fund. Can I transfer these benefits back to Ireland?

Question #6: I paid social insurance contributions while living and working abroad. Will these contributions count towards qualifying for my Irish state pension?

Question #7: I am returning with a spouse / children who are not Irish citizens. What practical steps do I need to take in accessing benefits etc., for my family?

Question #8: I am moving to Ireland to work for an Irish subsidiary of my foreign employer. Am I entitled to any Irish tax reliefs or exemptions?

If you have any questions about returning to Ireland or any other personal tax issues, please contact a member of our tax team.