Returning to Ireland in 2019? Registering your spouse and children

Tax questions on returning to Ireland - registering your spouse and children - Crowe Ireland

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 #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?

With more and more people returning to Ireland after having been abroad for a number of years, it is important to think of some practical steps you should take on your return.

When returning to Ireland with a spouse and/or children who are not Irish citizens, one of the first practical steps to be taken will be to apply for a Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number) for each family member. This number will allow your family access to social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland.

An appointment must be made at one of the PPS number allocation centres across the country. Your spouse and children must attend the centre in person and will need to provide evidence of identity and address.

Following successful registration, your spouse and children will be notified of their PPS number by letter.

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 #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?

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 #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.