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Flat Rate Expenses ‘U-Turn’

As reported in the independent.ie on 05th December, it appears the Government are about to do a U-turn on abolishing or reducing flat rate expenses for nearly 600,000 employees

Flat rate expenses are to cover work-related expenses and as we previously advised, Revenue had undertaken a review of these to be withdrawn from 1st January 2020.

It seems due to ongoing pressure and opposition from various trade unions this will now been postponed until 01st January 2021.

A Department of Finance spokesperson said, “work is ongoing on this matter”.

“Minister Donohoe will be in a position to make a statement in respect of this in due course,” they said.

We hope to have further details soon…

Get up to date and catch up on our previous blog here!

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Registered Beneficial Owner

Friday, 22nd November is the deadline for registering and filing details of Beneficial Ownership data of companies/entities.

What is Registered Beneficial Owner?

The RBO is a stand-alone central register holding information on persons who are relevant entities beneficial owners/controllers, including details of the beneficial interests held by them, in accordance with anti-money laundering legislation. This register will be available to the public and provide clear, transparent information on who owns and controls Irish Companies and Industrial & Provident Societies. The objective is also to deter money laundering and terrorist financing, through clear information who is the owner or in control of Irish Companies/societies.

Relevant entities are:

  • companies formed and registered under the Companies Act 2014 or an existing company within the meaning of that Act, and
  • industrial and provident societies registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1893 to 2018.
Who is a Beneficial Owner?

A Beneficial Owner is a person who owns or controls a legal entity, including;

  • ownership (directly or indirectly) of more than 25% of the company/society’s shares,
  • controlling (directly or indirectly) more than 25% of the company/society’s voting rights,
  • control via other means which is explained in Recital 13 of 4AMLD as follows:

“Control through other means may, inter alia, include the criteria of control used for the purpose of preparing consolidated financial statements, such as

  • through a shareholders’ agreement,
  • the exercise of dominant influence or
  • the power to appoint senior management”.
Where do I file?

Filing must be done through the RBO on-line portal as no paper forms are required. Failure to comply with these requirements is a breach of statutory duties and a criminal offence which is subject to sanctions.

Any company/society who has not filed on or before the 22nd November 2019, will be deemed to be late and may be subject to sanctions. Regulation 20(2) requires all newly incorporated companies and I&P’s to register their beneficial ownership details within five months of incorporation.

Any changes to the company or societies list of beneficial owners must be notified to the RBO within 14 days of the change.

Why not read our previous blog regarding the legal and tax implications for Director’s loans here

Should you have any queries on this issue, please contact us on 01 5397999 or info@itasaccounting.ie

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Revenue advising taxpayers to claim their entitlements before 31 December Deadline

As reported through rte.ie, Revenue are currently writing to over 130,000 PAYE taxpayers that have not claimed any additional tax credits/reliefs in the previous four years, reminding them to claim their entitlements for the year 2015 before 31st December 2018.

As you may be aware, there is a four-year time limit on claiming tax back on for example; medical expenses, tuition fees and for claiming tax credits/reliefs on for example, home carer’s credit.

Pat Murphy, National PAYE Manager in Revenue’s Personal Division explains;

“You can claim a refund of tax paid if there are entitlements you are due but have yet to claim,” he said.

“However, there is a four-year time limit for claiming tax refunds and the deadline for 2015 claims is December 31, 2019, so now is a good time to check that you have claimed all of your entitlements.”

If you have a claim for 2015, you need to submit this by 31st December. Generally, Revenue are issuing refunds within 5 days so there is still time to claim yours before Christmas!

Why not avail of our ClaimMyTaxBack.ie service for PAYE only?

We can review the last four years for you and calculate if you are entitled to a refund for any of those years.

This review is undertaken on a No Refund/No Fee basis. Therefore, if you are not due a refund, no fee applies

If a refund is due, our fee is 10% of your refund (minimum of €35) per year.

Should you wish to avail of this service, please request an application form at taxback@claimmytaxback.ie or visit our website www.claimmytaxback.ie

Should you have any queries on this issue, please contact us on 01 5397999

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