Seven in 10 people missing out on medical tax refunds – survey


The research from over 3,200 taxpayers from’s nationwide database looked at the Irish public’s awareness around tax reliefs.

Marian Ryan, consumer tax manager at commented on the findings: “Medical expenses are possibly the most basic, straight forward tax relief there is — and one that applies to probably every taxpayer in the country. If you see a GP or consultant, or even if you have prescription fees, you are eligible to claim tax relief.

“That nearly three quarters of the population do not claim this relief is indicative of the fact that Irish people, in the main, severely underutilize the tax relief available to them. This contention is supported by Revenue figures which show that in 2018 just 522,800 claims[1] were made for this relief. When you consider that Ireland has approximately 1.9 million employed persons aged 15 years and over[2]– most of whom would be taxpayers and so eligible to claim this relief — it becomes very apparent just how many people are missing out.”