Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS)

TWSS tax liability paid by your employer

Your employer may wish to pay your 2020 tax liabilities on your behalf. This applies to Income Tax (IT) and Universal Social Charge (USC) liabilities which have arisen due to TWSS payments.

Your employer must engage directly with you and agree the method to pay the tax liabilities.

In January 2021, Revenue made a Preliminary End of Year Statement for 2020 available in myAccount. You can see if there is an underpayment of IT or USC arising due to the TWSS payments you received.

How can your employer pay your tax liabilities?

To pay your tax liabilities as shown in your Preliminary End of Year Statement due to the TWSS payments your employer can:

  • pay your tax liability directly to Revenue
  • or
  • provide you directly with funds so that you can pay via myAccount.

When the tax liability has been paid, your Preliminary End of Year Statement will be recalculated to reflect this. You must then complete your 2020 Income Tax Return. Once completed you will receive a Statement of Liability which will show any overpayments or underpayments of tax.

Note

Initially this facility was limited to payments made by employers on behalf of their employees up to end June 2021. It has been extended to run until the end of September 2021.

Documentation and records

You should retain copies of any documentation and records covering your engagement with your employer about these arrangements.

Benefit-in-kind

Revenue will not apply Benefit-in-kind rules to these payments your employer makes on your behalf.

Further clarifications

 The BIK concession also applies where your employer pays your TWSS related tax and USC liabilities where:

  • you are a self-assessed taxpayer

 or

  • in joint assessed cases, if your spouse is self-assessed.

The BIK concession also apples where your employer pays the TWSS related tax and USC liabilities where:

  • you are a proprietary director(s) in the company

and

  • it is provided that the employer pays the TWSS related liabilities of all employees in the company.

Revenue previously advised that certain employees may not have received their full entitlement under the TWSS and are due additional payments. These payments are known as Direct Temporary Wage Subsidy (DTWS) refunds.  For more information please see Revenue confirm 'operational phase of TWSS now in place' Press Release.

If you receive a DTWS refund this amount will be offset against your TWSS liabilities.  The resulting balance, on your Preliminary End of Year Statement, is the net amount due to Revenue. This is the amount that your employer may wish to pay on your behalf to Revenue.  

Revenue expects that the calculation of DTWS amounts due will be finalised at the end of June 2021.

It is not possible for Revenue to provide you with the actual amount of income tax and USC due arising from TWSS payments. The amount payable is unique to each employee.

Engagement between you and your employer is essential to agree the amount of the TWSS liabilities that your employer is going to pay. Your Statement of Liability will assist in determining the liabilities relating to the TWSS payments received. 

If the payment made by your employer does not fully settle your debts, for people who pay their tax through the PAYE system, the balance payable will be collected by reducing your tax credits over 4 years, starting in January 2022.

Collection of liabilities for self-assessed taxpayers and proprietary directors

You are not eligible to have your TWSS liabilities collected by Revenue bu reducing your tax credits over 4 years:

  • if you are a self-assessed taxpayer

or

  • a proprietary director.

This also applies in jointly assessed cases where your spouse is self-assessed or is a proprietary director.

Self-assessed taxpayers and proprietary directors have access to debt warehousing. If you are ineligible for debt warehousing please contact the Collector General to discuss payment options.