Revenue have confirmed this morning that the existing 31 October 2011 Pay & File deadline for 2011 Income Tax returns is being extended to Thursday 15 November 2012 for returns filed online via the ROS system.
To avail of the extended deadline, an individual must, by 15 November
- file their 2011 Form 11 Income Tax return by 15 November 2011 using the online ROS system.
- also use the Revenue ROS system to make their ‘Pay & File’ self-assessment tax liability, ie
- Preliminary Tax for 2012; and
- Balance of Income Tax payable for 2011
The existing deadline of 31 October 2012 applies, unless:
- the Form 11 tax return is filed on ROS; and
- the required Income Tax payment is made using ROS.
Capital Gains Tax
The Revenue announcement makes no mention of any extension to the Capital Gains Tax return filing deadline of 31 October next. Individuals subject to self-assessment Income Tax are required to file their Capital Gains tax details as part of their 2011 Form 11 Income Tax Return. However, separate payment deadlines apply for Capital Gains Tax liabilities.
Capital Acquisitions Tax
The deadline extension also applies to Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) payments and IT38 returns for gifts or inheritances with valuation dates in the year ended 31 August 2012. Again it is conditional on the CAT IT38 return filing and tax liability payment both being made through ROS.
Online filing is now compulsory for almost all IT38 returns so the extended deadline will be especially useful here, as it will provide for more time for beneficiaries to sell assets or liquidate investments in order to meet the CAT payment deadline.
In previous years, the extended 15 November deadline has also applied for the purposes of RAC, AVC and PRSA pension payments. Today’s Revenue eBrief does not mention this particular issue although I expect that the 15 November deadline will also apply this year where the individual pays & files via ROS by 15 November.
This would enable qualifying pension payments, made by 15 November 2012, to attract backdated tax relief against 2011 tax liabilities. However Revenue have not yet confirmed that this concession will continue this year.
If you are considering making a pension payment in November and claiming the tax relief against your 2011 liability, please make sure to check for further Revenue updates between now and October. In the meantime, in case of doubt, it is safer to work on the assumption that the previous 31 October deadline applies, and make any such pension payment by the end of October.