Revenue have recently updated their briefing on surcharges to apply to Directors returns.

Company directors and their spouses/civil partners, if jointly assessed, are obliged to file a self-assessment return every year. If a company director fails to file their annual return, a surcharge will be applied based on their income tax liability before credit for tax paid.

Certain directors are not required to file an annual income tax return such as;

  • Directors of Shelf Companies
  • Directors of dormant companies
  • Other temporary directorships in the period before the company commenced activity
  • Directors which during the 3 years ending on 05th April in the year of assessment;
    • was not entitled to any assets other than cash on hands, or a sum of money on deposit, not exceeding €130,
    • did not carry on a trade, business or other activity including the making of investments, and
    • did not pay charges on income within the meaning of section 243 TCA

Proprietary directors, where the director controls more than 15% of the shares of the company, is required to file a self-assessment return.

Non-Propietary directors do not need to file an annual return if;

  • all of their income, including fees, benefits, distributions, etc., is taxed through PAYE and
  • they would not be chargeable persons under self-assessment apart from being directors

However, a surcharge will apply if they;

  • are chargeable persons otherwise than by reference to their directorship and
  • are obliged to file a return of income and
  • the return is filed late

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

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