Tax credits are one of the most easily overlooked aspects of compiling your tax returns. Whilst they vary from person to person there are a number of additional tax credits you may be entitled to as a business owner without realising it. With the October 31st filing deadline rapidly approaching, your tax credits are not something you want to overlook, and knowing what you are entitled to could save you money. We have compiled a list of some of the tax credits you may not have considered but are entitled to.
Revenue Approved Permanent Health Benefit Scheme: If an employer deducts contributions from pay, no action is necessary to claim this relief. However, if an employer does not directly deduct contributions, this relief can be applied for in your annual tax return.
PAYE – Employee Tax Credit: Available to any employee whose pay is subject to the PAYE tax.
Health/Medical Expenses Relief: Available at a rate of 20% for certain medical expenses by completing the MED 1 form. If you have private health insurance, you will be unable to claim relief on any medical expenses which are due to be reimbursed.
PRSI: PRSI contributions can be directly queried through your local Department of Social Protection office.
Start Your Own Business Scheme: Available until 31st December 2016, this scheme provides tax relief for previously unemployed individuals who start a new business.
Start-up Refunds for Entrepreneurs (SURE) Scheme: Those interested in starting up their own company may be entitled to an income tax refund of up to 41% of the capital invested under this scheme. You may also be entitled to a refund of income tax paid over the 6 years prior to investment year.
Age Tax Credit: Available to anyone aged 65 or older during the tax year. This credit is doubled for married couples or civil partners if either is aged 65 during the tax year.
Single Person Tax Credit: Available to unmarried individuals living alone with the exception of married people who have chosen to be assessed as single people for tax purposed.
Married/Civil Partner Tax Credit: Available to an individual who is either married or in a civil partnership. One partner agrees to be the assessable spouse and is entitled to this tax credit as long as they are assessed through joint assessment.
Widowed/Surviving Civil Partner Tax Credit: This credit is dependent on when the spouse passed away and whether dependent children as involved. This tax credit will be higher during the bereavement year and is the equivalent of the above two credits.
As the deadline of October 31st approaches it would be advisable to submit your information in advance of this date if possible to ensure no unnecessary delays. Should you have any queries about your tax return filing, or if you are concerned that you may be entitled to claim some refunds that you may have overlooked, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at DCA Accountants.