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Claiming a Tax Refund on Tuition Fees

Tax relief is available on fees paid for approved Third Level, Foreign Languages and Information Technology courses as long as you have paid the fee for yourself or on behalf of another person, this includes;

  • Tuition Fees &
  • Student Contribution for 2nd and subsequent student in the same year

It’s not available for;

  • Examination or administration fees
  • Any part of the tuition fees that is covered by a grant or scholarship or where the fees are reimbursed by an employer.

How is it calculated?

Relief is granted per student, per course, per academic year and is allowed at the standard rate of income tax i.e., 20%. There is no limit on the number of people you can claim for.

  • Capped @ €7,000
  • Deduct; Full-Time Course – €3,000 / Part-Time Course – €1,500
  • Relief @ 20%

For example;

Full-Time Course Fee €9,000
Relief capped @ €7,000
Deduct €3,000
Tax Relief @ 20% €4,000
Tax Refund €800

Paying fee’s in instalments?

If you are paying the fees in instalments and any amount is paid in the tax year following the year in which the academic year commenced, the relief for fees relating to that academic year may be granted either;

  • In the tax year during which the academic year commenced or
  • In the tax year in which the instalment was paid


Could you be due a tax refund for fees paid in the last 4 years? Contact us today or complete our application form


The above article is for general use only and does not constitute advice. It is accurate based on date of publication and further clarification on possibly rule changes should be sought. If we can we be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Revenue’s Annual Report 2016

Recently, Revenue published their 2016 Annual Report. Here are just some of the findings and results;


  • Net receipts increased by 4.7% on 2015 to €47.95 billion in 2016 – the highest figure for net receipts in the history of the State!
  • The overall yield from audit and compliance intervention activity was €555.6 million.
  • 10,886 instalment arrangements were agreed, covering €103m in debt. This was an increase of 28% on 2015 and was mainly due to Revenue’s focus on smaller cases with unpaid debt. Requests for Revenue to participate in personal insolvency arrangements increased 68% on 2015.
  • Over 193,000 calls were received by the new 1890 Business Taxes phonelines in the second half of 2016. Revenue has commented on the cost of calling 1890 services from mobile phones in some cases and will explore other alternatives, as technologies allow.
  • The new Revenue website will be launched in June 2017. It is intended to be more user-friendly, accessible from multiple devices and include content tailored to customer needs
  • Revenue has been investing in its online services, including enhancing MyEnquiries and pre-populating RCT data on returns. Work is currently underway on designing a real-time PAYE regime with input from a range of stakeholders.
  • Revenue has been exploring the opportunities to support trade through improved Customs procedures. Revenue will be working closely with the Department of Finance as matters develop on Brexit.
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Offshore Disclosure Deadline Extended!

Revenue has announced an extension to the deadline for disclosing offshore interests to next Thursday 04th May 2017.  The Revenue Chairman is encouraging those affected to avail of this opportunity to make a full disclosure of their offshore interests.

Should you have any queries on this, we are on hand to help. Please feel free to contact us on 01 539 7999 or



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Extension of Pay & File Deadline for ROS Customers

Yesterday, Revenue announced an extension to the ROS return filing and tax payment date for certain self-assessment Income Tax customers and for customers liable to Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT).

For customers who file the 2016 Form 11 return and make the appropriate payment through ROS for;

  • Preliminary Tax for 2017
  • Income Tax balance due for 2016

the due date has been extended to Tuesday, 14th November 2017.

To qualify for this extension, customers must both pay and file through ROS. Where only one of these actions is completed through ROS, the extension does not apply and the required date to submit both returns and payments is no later than 31st October 2017.

Additionally, for PAYE customers who are required by Revenue to file a Form 12 for 2016 and who opt to use the ‘e’ version, the due date is also extended to Tuesday, 14th November 2017.

If you have any queries on this, our team are on hand to answer any of your questions. Feel free to contact us on 01 5397999 or