Have you received your 2012 P60 yet?

January 25, 2013

If you are working in paid employment, you should, around now, be receiving your 2012 P60 Certificate.

Your P60 is a Certificate of your annual Pay, and PAYE Tax, PRSI & USC deductions, for the past calendar year.  Your employer is legally obliged to issue you with your 2012 P60 by 15 February next,  but you may well have already received it recently.

Form P60 Certificate Pay, Tax, PRSI, USC

Your P60 is a very important document and it is essential that you keep it in a safe place.

 You will need your P60:

  • if you are completing a tax return, or making a tax refund claim for 2012.  Revenue may sometimes also require you to forward your P60 to them in order to verify your tax return or claim.
  • if you are making an application for a mortgage or loan, to a bank, credit union or building society.
  • as proof of your income if you  are claiming certain benefits from the Dept of Social Protection.
  • for a variety of other State benefits, eg SUSI Third Level Grants.

In addition, I recommend that you retain all your old P60s indefinitely, in case you need them in the future to verify your PRSI contributions history. This can be especially important for eligibility for the Contributory Old Age Pension.

If you don’t receive your P60 by 15 February next, you should ask your employer to issue it to you, without further delay.  They can do so either via payroll software, or by using the Revenue approved-format P60 templates, which are online in both MS Word and Laser format (the latter presumably for use with laser printers).


This Saturday is Capital Gains Tax Deadline Day

December 13, 2012

Next Saturday, 15 December, is the deadline for payment of Capital Gains Tax on disposals in the period from 1 January to 30 November 2012. If you made a Capital Gain during this period, you must pay your Capital Gains Tax liability by Saturday, or face possible interest charges for late payment.

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) normally arises on the sale of property or other assets. However a liability can also arise on other occasions when an asset changes hands, for example when an asset is gifted or exchanged for another non-cash asset.

CGT can also arise in certain other situations where a capital sum (eg insurance proceeds) is derived from an asset.

Capital_Gains_Tax Deadline 2012

The rate of CGT for the period January-November 2012 is 30% of the Capital Gain. The increased rate of 33% announced in the recent Budget 2013 applies only to disposals after Budget Day, 5 December.

If you have a liability for January-November 2012, you must, by Saturday:

  • Calculate or estimate your liability.
  • Send a cheque or draft for that amount to the Collector General, FREEPOST, Francis Street, Limerick.
  • Attach to your payment,  a CGT payslip which includes your name, address and PPS number.

If you expect to have a liability but don’t yet know the exact amount, you should nevertheless pay your best estimate by Saturday. In order to avoid becoming liable for interest charges, I would recommend in such situations that you should consider paying a little more than your expected liability.

Therefore when you finalise your Capital Gains Tax position by filing an Income Tax Form 11 or Capital Gains Tax Form CG1 Return for 2012, Revenue will refund you the amount you have overpaid.

The Revenue.ie website includes some useful guidance on Capital Gains Tax but I recommend that you seek professional assistance if you suspect that you may have a CGT liability.


31 October 2012 Tax Deadline – 3 Weeks To Go

October 10, 2012

We are now only three weeks away from the 31 October tax deadline. This year, the annual Halloween “Pay & File” date is more important, and covers more taxes, than ever before.

31 October 2012 is the deadline to:

  • File a Form 11 Self-assessment Income Tax return  for 2011
  • Pay any remaining Income Tax liability for 2011
  • Pay Preliminary Tax liability for 2012
  • File a 2011 Capital Gains Tax Return, if you have made a Capital Gain in 2011.
  • File a Capital Acquisitions Tax Return if you received a Gift or Inheritance in the period from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012.
  • Pay a Capital Acquisitions Tax liability arising from a Gift or Inheritance in the period from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012.
  • Pay Domicile Levy  and file a Domicile Levy Form DL 1 tax return.
  • Make a backdated RAC, AVC and PRSA pension payment to claim tax relief for 2011.

It’s worth noting that the 31 October deadline affects all classes of taxpayers, not just the self-employed or those on high incomes. If you think you need to file a return, or make a tax payment this October, give yourself plenty of time to avoid the late end-of-month rush.

If you don’t fully understand all aspects of your tax position, you should strongly consider getting an experienced accountant or tax specialist to advise your on your liabilities and file your return on your behalf. Don’t leave it too late though, as all accountants and tax experts will have a heavy workload in the coming weeks.

For more detail, see my recent article on the 31 October deadline for Contemporary Living.


15 Nov 2012 is ROS ‘Pay & File’ Tax Return Deadline

April 4, 2012

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

  1. file their 2011 Form 11 Income Tax return by 15 November 2011 using the online ROS system.
  2. 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.

Pension Payments

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.


P35 & RCT35 Online Filing Deadline Tomorrow

February 22, 2012

Tomorrow, 23 February, is the online filing deadline for 2011 Employer PAYE/PRSI P35 & Contractor RCT35 returns.

A P35 return includes details of all pay, PAYE/PRSI/USC deductions and other employee details for the year ended 31 December 2011.

An RCT35 return must be filed by all principal contractors in the construction, forestry, and meat processing sectors. It includes details of all payments made to subcontractors in 2011, and tax deduction details where relevant.

The original deadline of 15 February 2012 which applied to both returns is extended to 23 February for returns filed online via ROS.

In a recent eBrief, Revenue stress the importance of employers recording their employees’ PPS numbers correctly on P35 returns. Presumably the same guidance applies to subcontractor PPS and tax reg. numbers recorded on RCT35 returns.

The Revenue.ie website contains more guidance on completing P35 and RCT35 returns.