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Changing Jobs? You Could Be Due A Tax Refund

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Fresh faces, new challenges, and finding a good lunch spot! All these things come to mind when you’re starting a new job. However it can really pay off to think about your taxes too. A small bit of planning can make the transition go smoothly, avoid any overpayment of tax and in some cases, even lead to a tax refund, according to Taxback.com.

 

Here are some tips to help you plan:

 

1.    So, what should you do when you start a new job?

When you start your new job, you should give your employer a P45. Your P45 is a statement of your earnings, tax, Universal Social Charge, and PRSI in respect of your former employment.

 

Make sure you get this document from your previous employer so you can avoid paying emergency tax. When your new employer gets your P45, they will inform the tax office so a credit certificate can be issued for your new job.

 

Without this form, you could end up getting taxed on an emergency basis!

 

2.    If you were unemployed between jobs

If you are unemployed prior to your first job, or unemployed between jobs, you may be able to claim a refund immediately, if you were unemployed for a period of at least 4 weeks. This can be claimed by submitting a Form P50.

 

If you were unemployed between your last job and your new one, you may end up with unused tax credits, which could result in a tax refund, so it’s worth reviewing your tax position at year end.

 

If emergency tax was deducted from you, you can apply for a refund as soon as you become unemployed. Alternatively this could also be repaid via payroll, if you provide your new employer with your P45.

 

If you were on Jobseekers Benefit or in receipt of Illness Benefit while out of work, you should contact your local tax office when you resume employment.

 

3.    Been out of work?

If you’ve been out of work for a while, you may not have a P45. In this case, you should contact your local revenue office as soon as possible so your tax credits and cut-off point can be accessed.

 

Your spouse or civil partner may be using the tax credits you’re due if you’re being assessed as a married couple. If your new role is temporary then it might not be worth looking at these tax credits for that year. However, you are entitled to a PAYE allowance and expenses in your own right if you qualify for them. These can be set against your income and are not transferable to your spouse.

 

If your spouse isn’t in receipt of taxable income you may be able to claim additional tax credits.

 

4.    Starting a job for the first time

If you’re starting a job for the first time, you need to take a couple of steps to ensure you aren’t taxed on an emergency basis:

 

1.    Give your PPS (Personal and Public Service Number) to your employer so they can inform the tax office that you’re working.

 

2.    Apply for a tax credit certificate by completing Form 12A and sending it to your local tax office.

 

You should complete the steps above as quickly as possible so your employer and the tax office can get it sorted before your first paycheck!

 

The tax office will send you a Certificate of Tax Credits and Cut-off Point, which you can then give to your employer.

 

Still confused?

For help with the process you can contact Taxback.com who can give you a free, no-obligation tax refund estimate from the last 4 years. Click here to get started or contact one of their experts at info@taxback.com.

Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager Sigmar on 1 December 2017

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