We talk to a lot of Irish PAYE workers every day and it often comes as a surprise to them that they are eligible to claim flat rate expenses.
Flat rate allowances are a type of tax relief available to people working in certain trades and professions. The amount that can be claimed depends on what the job is.
Standard flat rate expense allowances are set by Revenue for various classes of employee, for example, shop workers are granted flat rate expenses of €121 per year and bar trade employees get €97 per annum. Nurses who supply and launder their own uniforms can claim a deduction of €733. We’ve claimed flat rate expenses for a lot of HSE workers over the last few years.
Deductions are also available to doctors, engineers, plumbers, journalists, teachers, waiters, porters and even people who play in the RTE Symphony Orchestra!
It’s important to note that you don’t automatically get the flat rate expense tax deduction; you have to claim it. Once you confirm you are in a type of qualifying employment you can get it and, like medical expenses, you can go back four years for your refund.
Unsure if whether you can claim flat rate expenses? Ask our friendly Irish Tax Team or apply for a no obligation tax refund estimation below.
The average Irish tax refund is €1076.17