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Update to Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

Following the announcement by the Minister for Finance, Revenue have now put in place a change to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme to include employee’s returning to work following a period of leave.

Previously, where an employee was returning to work after maternity, adoptive, paternity or parental leave or having received benefits from DEASP, they were not included on payroll on the 29th February or paid in January or February 2020 and therefore did not qualify for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme or only qualified for a reduced subsidy.

Employee’s now returning to work after the below leave can now be included in the scheme;

  • Maternity leave, adoptive leave, paternity leave, parental leave or related unpaid leave or
  • Being in receipt of health and safety or Parent’s benefit paid by the DEASP for February 2020 or
  • Being in receipt of illness benefit paid by the DEASP for February 2020

An employer can now request for Revenue to treat the employee as an eligible employee for the purposes of the scheme and the subsidy will be backdated to the date of recommencement of employment, or from 26th March, whichever is latest.

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Local Property Tax new deferral date

Revenue had deferred payments of Local Property Tax paid by single direct debit to 21st May 2020, due to Covid-19.

This has now been further extended to 21st July 2020

If this applies to you, there is no need for you to do anything further as this will automatically be deferred to the new payment date.

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Changes to Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

Revenue have now issued confirmation of key changes made to the Covid-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme as announced by Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe.

Who does this apply to?

This will apply to all those earning up to €500 per week / €31,000 approx. per year and for those earning over €586 per week / €38,000 approx. per year. There is no change to the qualifying criteria for employers to the scheme.

The key changes are as follows;

  • 85% subsidy available for employees whose previous average net weekly income did not exceed €412
  • No tapering of the 85% subsidy will apply for those in receipt of it, where the employer makes a ‘top-up’ payment of more than 15% of the employee’s previous pay, to bring it in line to €350 net per week.
  • A subsidy of up to €350 per week to be made payable to all employees whose previous average weekly net pay was between €412 – €500
  • If an employee’s previous weekly net pay exceeded €586 a tiered approach will now apply which takes into account the amount paid by the employer. A maximum subsidy of €350 per week available with a tiered approach.
  • For all employees with a weekly net pay exceeding €960 / €76,000 per year, there is no subsidy available. However, if their net pay is now reduced by 20% as a result of Covid-19, then they will qualify for a subsidy of €205. If their net pay is now reduced by 40% they will qualify for a subsidy of €350.

When does this commence?

From 4th May, this scheme will be fully operational for all payroll submissions to Revenue. The transitional wage subsidy scheme will remain in place until that time.

To recap, there were 2 phases to the Wage Subsidy Scheme;

Phase 1 –

Transitional phase that adds onto the Employer Refund Scheme in effect since 15th March 2020, under which the employer got a refund of €203 per week per employee it kept on payroll. The subsidy scheme is increasing this to €410 maximum regardless if the employer makes an additional payment to the employee or not.

Phase 2 –

The scheme is aiming to be in operation no later than 20th April 2020 and subsidies paid to each employee will be based on their average net weekly pay, subject to the maximum weekly amounts. There will be further updates on this Phase issued shortly.

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Covid-19 Revenue Guidelines for certain filing obligations

Special Assignee Relief Programme (SARP)

Employers usually have 90 days in which to file for an employee’s SARP relief, this has now been extended by 60 days.

Revenue have issued this guideline to provide sufficient time for employers to file this return but Revenue are open to consideration on a case by case basis.

Read more on SARP here

Restricted Stock Unit (RSU)

The 31st March filing deadline for foreign credits provided through payroll, has been suspended. This will now be included in the standard Income Tax Deadline of 31st October 2020.

Share Schemes

Filing deadlines for all 2019 share schemes have been extended from 31st March to 30th June 2020.

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