Blind Persons Tax Credit

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Who can Claim?

An individual who is blind at any time during the tax year. If you are married or in a civil partnership and you are both regarded as blind, the tax credit is doubled. The tax credit is not due in respect of children who are regarded as being blind. In such cases the Incapacitated Child tax credit may be claimed.

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Conditions to Qualify

Must have impaired vision to the extent that:

  • The central visual Acuity does not exceed 6/60 in the better eye with correcting lenses or
  • That the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.

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Relief Due

See charts.

Guide Dogs: An additional allowance is due where the blind person maintains a trained guide dog. The claimant must hold a letter from the Irish Guide Dog Association confirming registered ownership. It is not necessary to forward this letter with the claim. As the claim may be selected for future audit,the claimant is required to retain all documentation relating to this claim for a period of 6 years.

Guide Dog Allowance.

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Documentation Required

pdfClaim Form for Blind Person's Tax Credit & Guide Dog Allowance (PDF, 274KB). (Download and complete on screen).

The claimant should have in their possession (though it is not necessary to follow this with the claim) a certificate from an Ophthalmic Surgeon stating;

  • Degree of Blindness
  • Whether temporary or permanent.

A certificate from an optician or doctor will not suffice.

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Where to send claim

Use your PPS number to find the postal address for your Revenue office in our Contact Locator.

VAT Refunds on Equipment

An Individual can claim repayment of Irish VAT paid on the purchase or importation of certain aids and appliances, designed to help a blind person cope with daily functions, e.g. Specially adapted computer equipment, Braille books, Braille writing equipment, etc.

How to claim VAT Refund

Contact VAT Repayments (Unregistered) Section,
Central Repayments Office,
M: TEK II Building,
Armagh Road,

Tel: 047 62100, E-mail:

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Reference Material

(Adobe Acrobat Reader PDFExternal link)

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