According to a new survey from Taxback.com, nearly 9 out of 10 taxpayers in Ireland are unsure as to how much tax they hand over to Revenue each month.

The tax refund specialists asked over 3,000 taxpayers throughout the country how well they know their own tax affairs and whether or not they would like to know more.

Just 12% surveyed knew exactly what tax they pay, while 34% said they had “no idea” the rate and 46% said they did not understand their payslip.

https://www.joe.ie/news/9-out-10-taxpayers-ireland-unsure-rate-tax-717656

Tax return consultant Taxback.com wants the Minister to reconsider his views on restaurants. Mr Donohoe said that takeaway food and drink outlets are unlikely to be as badly affected by restrictions as dine-in restaurants, so don’t qualify for the scheme.

This was in direct response to Taxback asking if Stay and Spend will be extended to include traditional restaurants which have had to close and change to offering a takeaway service only.

“The fact is, many restaurants, that have never before offered dine-out services, have had to pivot their offering over the last 12 months simply to keep their doors open, staff employed, and heads above water,” said Taxback’s consumer tax manager Marian Ryan.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/business/economy/arid-40237277.html

According to the consumer tax manager at Taxback.com Marian Ryan, you will need to have a formal agreement between you and your employer/business partner that allows you to work remotely.

She says you will not be considered an e-worker if you bring work home outside of normal working hours.

Ms. Ryan says your employer must provide any of the following where necessary to an e-working employee for business use: a computer or laptop, a printer, a scanner, software to allow you to work from home, a telephone, mobile and broadband services, and office furniture.

The lucky ones are getting the tax-free payment of €3.20 a working day from their employer.

https://www.independent.ie/life/working-from-home/charlie-weston-dear-boss-can-you-pay-my-heating-bill-how-to-claim-all-you-can-for-your-new-home-office-40133266.html

The idea of a pay-cut for workers already under significant financial pressure is of course stressful however Marian Ryan, a Consumer Tax Manager at the tax experts, Taxback.com, the change may actually work out better for employees.

“Although, on the face of it, it might not feel like it, but this clarification from Revenue could be seen as a somewhat beneficial development for recipients of the PUP in 2021, as it means that they will not face a big tax bill next January,” said Marian.

https://www.rsvplive.ie/life/how-much-your-pay-cut-23506791

Marian Ryan, Consumer Tax Manager of Taxback.com commented: “The usual suspects of tax credits for medical and dental expenses, Flat Rate Expenses, and tuition fees dominated refunds yet again, but we would expect to see some change in this in 2021, as more people avail of the eWorker relief and perhaps take part in the Stay and Spend Scheme.

“Claiming your tax refund is one of the easiest ways to provide a welcome boost to the coffers, particularly facing into a new year.

“With claims going back over four years, there can be a significant amount to collect, and we would encourage everyone to check their tax status and see what they may be owed from the taxman.”

https://www.joe.ie/news/30-of-paye-taxpayers-overpaid-in-2020-715149

“When someone is deemed an e-worker, an individual’s employer may provide all equipment needed to enable them to work from home and once the provision of such items is primarily for business use”, says Marian Ryan, consumer tax manager at Taxback.com.

https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/your-money-what-price-the-perks-of-remote-work-40028982.html

According to Taxback.com’s Consumer Tax Manager, Marian Ryan, the change to working from home tax reliefs, and even your occupation could put you in line for some generous tax credits and rebates, such as Work from Home Allowance, Home Carer Tax Credit and Flat Rate Expenses.

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/covid19-ireland-tax-relief-workingfromhome-19699144

Marian Ryan, Consumer Tax Manager at Taxback.com also commented on the Strategy which she viewed as a fluid one: “The National Remote Workforce Strategy is to be welcomed as an indication of a progressive society, which cares about the welfare of employers and employees alike.

“A lot of PUP and TWSS recipients are simply unaware that these payments will have given rise to tax liability and even of those who expected it, many will be surprised as to exactly how much they owe, Marian Ryan, Consumer Tax Manager at Taxback.com explained.

“For many more, the news will simply be the source of anxiety for people who are already financially stretched.”

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/thousands-pup-recipients-hit-surprise-23324597

Revenue is subjecting 1,600 businesses to detailed reviews as part of a compliance sweep on employers who used the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) between March and August.

“We thought we’d see more take-up,” said Marian Ryan, consumer tax manager with Taxback.com

“At the time these schemes were introduced, everybody applied for every one going. Now that people are back up and running, they don’t want to be pushing up their tax bills for the future.”

https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/1600-firms-that-used-pandemic-subsidy-face-checks-by-revenue-39904912.html