Revenue Job Assist - IT58
Information for Employees
Have you been out of work for some time, and are now taking up a job?
If the answer is YES, then you may be able to claim additional tax allowances. Revenue Job Assist is available to help individuals who have been unemployed for 12 months or more to take up a job.
A separate leaflet Revenue Job Assist - Information for Employers (IT 59) is available for employers, which informs them how they can benefit.
How does Revenue Job Assist Work?
- If you have been out of work for 12 months or more
- Take up a qualifying job
you may get
- Additional Tax Allowances over three tax years and
subject to certain limits and conditions you may
- Retain your medical card & secondary benefits
How Do I qualify for this Scheme?
To qualify for this scheme you must have been continuously unemployed for the 12 months immediately prior to the date you start the job.
From 1 January 2010, up to 15 days of incidental employment, which has been taken into account in calculating Social Protection benefits will not be counted (i.e you must have been in receipt of Social Protection payments for 12 months plus up to 15 days to include incidental employment days). During those 12 months (and up to 15 days, if applicable) you must have been in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:
- Jobseeker's Benefit
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Disability Allowance
- Blind Person's Pension.
- Illness Benefit - where you have been in receipt of the payments for a continuous period of at least 18 months
- Invalidity Pension - where you have been in receipt of the payments for a continuous period of at least one year.
With effect from 1 November 2011, "signing on" for credits with the Department of Social Protection, or a combination of "signing on" for credits and receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection for the required period is regarded as satisfying the qualifying conditions, provided that all the other conditions of the scheme are met.
What if I was on a FÁS course or a training scheme?
Time spent on:
- JobBridge, Tús – Work Placement Initiative, Rural Social Schemes
- Certain FÁS training courses (non-apprenticeship)
- Community Employment Scheme
- Job Initiative programme
- "Workplace" 5 week job experience programme
- Back to Education Allowance administered by the Department of Social Protection
will also count as periods of unemployment for Revenue Job Assist provided you were in receipt of one of the payments listed previously, immediately prior to commencing the course or scheme.
What if I was in prison?
If you have been released from prison, the periods spent in prison are deemed equivalent to periods of unemployment.
Taking up a Job
Revenue Job Assist only applies if you are taking up a job. It does not apply if you are becoming self-employed.
The job you are taking up must:
- be for a minimum of 30 hours per week
- be capable of lasting at least 12 months.
You cannot claim the additional tax allowances if you are benefiting from any other employment scheme such as the 'Back to Work Allowance Scheme', administered by the Department of Social Protection.
There are also certain conditions attaching to the job which you are taking up.
- The employment must not be primarily commission based (i.e. over 75% of earnings derived from commission)
- The previous holder of the job must not have been unfairly dismissed
- There must have been no redundancies in the company in the previous 26 weeks
- It must not be an employment where the employer requires no workforce.
If you are in doubt, your new employer will be able to inform you whether or not the job you are taking up qualifies in this regard.
Additional Tax Allowances
The additional tax allowances are an extra personal tax allowance and a child tax allowance for each qualifying child. These allowances are marginally rated which means they are allowed at your highest rate of tax and appear as an increase to your tax credits and rate band on your tax credit certificate.
The Revenue Job Assist is added to your other tax credits and rate band and can be claimed for three years. Also, this tax allowance can be claimed irrespective of your civil status.
|Extra Personal Tax Allowance||Child Tax Allowance for each qualifying Child|
What income can I claim the tax allowances against?
The tax allowances can only be set against income from the new job.
When can I claim the tax allowances?
You can start to claim the tax allowances either:
- in the tax year* in which you take the job
- in the following tax year
*The tax year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
For example, if you take up a job on 1 June 2012, you can start claiming the tax allowances in either the tax year 2012 or 2013. If your income from the new job in the first year is low, it may be more beneficial to wait until the following tax year to start claiming so that you will get the full benefit of the allowances.
For assistance in choosing which tax year it would be more beneficial for you to start claiming the allowances, please contact your Regional PAYE LoCall Service.
You, your spouse or civil partner have two children. You take up a Revenue Job Assist qualifying job on 1 June 2012 and expect to earn €18,000 to 31 December 2012. You have also received €4,000 in taxable Jobseeker's Benefit to that date. Your total taxable income for 2012 is €22,000 (€18,000 + €4,000) and your highest rate of tax is 20%. Therefore your 2012 income tax liability is €22,000 @ 20% = €4,400 less tax credits.
Tax credits for 2012 are €6,220 - made up as follows:
Married or Civil Partner’s Tax Credit €3,300 PAYE Tax Credit €1,650 Total Ordinary Credits €4,950 Plus: Personal Job Assist Allowance (Year 1) €3,810 Child Job Assist Allowance (€1,270 x 2) €2,540 Revenue Job Assist Tax Credit €6,350 @ 20% €1,270 Total €6,220
In this case it is more beneficial to wait until the tax year 2013 to start claiming the Revenue Job Assist Allowances as your ordinary tax credits of €4,950 cover your income tax liability of €4,400 arising from your taxable income of €22,000 for 2012.
For 2013, you have tax credits of €4,950 (Married or Civil Partner’s Tax Credit €3,300 + PAYE Credit €1,650) plus the additional Revenue Job Assist tax credits of €1,270 making your total credits €6,220.
If you claimed the Revenue Job Assist tax credits in 2012, you would have lost the benefit of the Job Assist Allowances for 2012 as your income did not require them. Also as you are now in your second year of the Revenue Job Assist scheme, your total credits for 2013 would be only €5,798, i.e.
Married or Civil Partner’s Tax Credit €3,300 PAYE Tax Credit €1,650 Total Ordinary Credits €4,950 Plus: Personal Job Assist Allowance (Year 2) €2,540 Child Tax Allowance (€850 x 2) €1,700 Revenue Job Assist Tax Credit €4,240 @ 20% €848 Total Tax Credits for 2013 €5,798
How do I qualify for the extra child tax allowance?
An extra tax allowance can be claimed for each qualifying child. A qualifying child is a child of yours, your spouse or your civil partner, who is:
- Under 18 years of age
- Over 18 years of age and in full-time education or
full-time training as an apprentice where the training is for at least two years
- Permanently incapacitated either physically or mentally, having become so before reaching 21 years of age or after reaching the age of 21 but while still in full-time education or while training fulltime for a trade or profession for a minimum of 2 years.
The child must be resident with you for the whole or part of the tax year.
Can two people claim for the same child?
Yes, but only one allowance can be claimed for each qualifying child in any year. If two people are entitled to claim for the same child then the allowance is split between them as follows:
- Where the child is maintained by one person only, then that person receives the allowance
- Where the child is maintained jointly, then the allowance is split either in the same proportion as they each maintain the child or in such manner as they jointly decide.
You, your spouse or civil partner have both taken up qualifying jobs and you are each entitled to claim the additional child tax allowance. You have two qualifying children. You contribute €3,000 towards the children’s upkeep and your spouse or civil partner contributes €1,000.
The tax allowance for your two children in Year 1 is €2,540 (€1,270 x 2)
Self: €2,540 x ¾ * = €1,905 * €3,000/€4,000 Spouse or civil partner: €2,540 x ¼ ** = €635 **€1,000/€4,000
You can also jointly decide to let one of you claim the child tax allowance in full or to have that allowance split between you in any other way.
What happens if I change jobs?
If you change jobs once during the three years you can still keep the allowance, provided you take up another qualifying job. If however, you move on to a third job you will lose the allowance.
Note: You can only claim this relief for one three year period. If you claim the relief, become unemployed and then return to work again in the same three year period, you can continue to claim. If you claim the relief, become unemployed and return to work after the three year period, you cannot claim the relief.
Can I claim tax relief for earlier years if I was entitled to this allowance?
A claim to tax relief must be made within 4 years after the end of the tax year to which the claim relates.
Refunds: Tax refunds can be paid directly by cheque to your address or by direct transfer to you Irish bank account. It is not possible to make a refund to a foreign bank account.
Can I retain my medical card and secondary benefits?
Under Revenue Job Assist you can retain your medical card for three years from the date you return to work.
You may also retain secondary benefits such as rent or mortgage subsidy, fuel allowance, etc. for three years, subject to certain income limits and other conditions. For queries in relation to entitlement, or otherwise, to secondary benefits, contact the Health Service Executive directly at 1850 24 1850.
Can I claim the Family Income Supplement (FIS)?
Yes, you can claim FIS (a weekly tax-free payment) if your family income falls below a certain limit. For further details contact the FIS Section in the
Department of Social Protection,
Family Income Supplement Section,
Telephone (043) 334 0000 or (01) 704 3000 or LoCall 1890 92 77 70.
How do I make a Claim?
Complete Application Form RJA (PDF, 325KB)
There are two parts to this form:
- Part 1 must be completed by you
- Part 2 must be completed by your employer to certify that the job you are taking up qualifies for the scheme.
When both parts of the form have been completed you should forward it to your Regional Revenue Office.
Any Revenue correspondence that you receive will show the contact address of your Regional Revenue office or enter your PPS number into our Contact Locator, the name, address and contact details of your Regional Revenue office will be displayed.
This leaflet is for general information only. For further information phone your Regional PAYE LoCall service, whose number is listed below.
|Region||Area Covered||Telephone No.|
|Border Midlands West Region||Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath||1890 777 425|
|Dublin Region||Dublin (City and County)||1890 333 425|
|East & South East Region||Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow||1890 444 425|
|South West Region||Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick||1890 222 425|
Please note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers. If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland phone + 353 1 702 3011.
4 - Year Time Limit: A claim for tax relief must be made within 4 years after the end of the Tax year to which the claim relates.
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IT58 - Revenue Job Assist - Employee Information (PDF, 1.03MB)
This leaflet is intended to describe the subject in general terms. As such, it does not attempt to cover every issue which may arise in relation to the subject. It does not purport to be a legal interpretation of the statutory provisions and consequently, responsibility cannot be accepted for any liability incurred or loss suffered as a result of relying on any matter published herein.