Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Catherine Ardagh
Dublin South Central
13 January 2016
Home Carer’s Tax credit needs to be publicised – Ardagh
Fianna Fáil general election candidate in Dublin South Central, Cllr Catherine Ardagh believes that the Home Carer’s Tax Credit needs to be publicised more to ensure that all people entitled to the tax credit get it.
“Many people who are caring for a family and who have little or no income often look after or keep an eye on elderly parents or relatives. This important social good has for many years gone unrecognised. Revenue has recently published a new guide setting out the terms and conditions to claim this tax credit. Many people on PAYE are entitled to claim this tax credit and should apply now. If you are entitled to the tax credit in 2016, you can get the benefit over the next 12 months,” said Cllr Ardagh.
If you are a married couple or in a civil partnership and are jointly assessed for income tax purposes you might be entitled to a tax credit of up to €1,000. Do you care for a person aged 65 years or over, irrespective of their state of health, who resides with you or is a relative who lives within two kilometres?
As a home carer do you earn an income of up to €7,200 in your own right for the tax year? If so, the full tax credit may be claimed. This does not include the Carer’s Allowance payable by the Department of Social Protection. A reduced tax credit can be claimed for incomes less than €9,200.
“Parenting and home care are important social contributions that are not properly compensated for. This tax credit is a small input into valuing parenting and family work. I will be working to improve the benefits that homeworkers deserve including medical benefits and pensions in my work as a public representative.”
Full details are on the revenue site http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it66.html