Employing a carer
You may claim tax relief on the cost of employing a person to take care of:
- yourself, your family member, spouse or civil partner who is totally incapacitated due to physical or mental infirmity
- your relative, or a relative of your spouse or civil partner, who is totally incapacitated due to physical or mental infirmity.
Your relative includes any person to whom you are, or have been, a legal guardian.
Providers or agencies
Revenue also gives relief on the cost of care service providers or agencies, such as:
- charitable or voluntary organisations
- commercial organisations that provide home care services.
You cannot claim relief for employing a carer if they are employed as a housekeeper only.
You cannot claim relief for funding you receive from the Health Service Executive (HSE) or a local authority for employing a carer.
If you claim relief for employing a carer you cannot also claim the Incapacitated Child Tax Credit or Dependent Relative Tax Credit in respect of the employed person.
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