Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil says PAYE taxpayers should log on to the Revenue online system to see if they’re due a tax refund.
He made the call after it emerged that over the past four years Revenue refunded more than €3.4m in refunds to people who qualified for tax refunds.
Deputy Brassil said, “Information released to Fianna Fáil reveals that every year since 2010 over half a million people received tax refunds having submitted a claim or an end of year review (P21 balancing statement). However, there could be hundreds more people who may be entitled to a refund but haven’t applied for them.
“If the average payment over the past eight years was between €600 and €825, it would be worth your while submitting a claim to see if you are eligible for a refund – it’s a substantial amount of money and could make a real difference to someone having difficulty with bills or rent.
“People could be entitled to a refund for a variety of reasons – such as a break in employment, a period of unpaid leave, or failing to claim tax relief on medical expenses.
“Taxpayers can only claim back tax for the previous four tax years. In other words, a person can currently make a claim for a refund for any year back to and including 2015. It is good practice for employees to seek an end of year P21 balancing statement as this may well throw up an entitlement to a refund.
“People should review their tax and see whether there is a possibility of them being owed a refund. All of the information on how to do this is available on the Revenue Commissioners’ online service at www.ros.ie”, concluded Deputy Brassil.