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    31 October is an important date in all of our calendars.....

    21/09/2020 Posted by CIRT Admin | Comments(0)

    31 October is an important date in all of our calendars. It represents a last chance to get some money back from the taxman for 2019!






    This is the final date on which you can claim tax relief on backdated pension contributions. If you pay a lump sum contribution by cheque and claim tax relief on this contribution by 31 October you can get tax relief in respect of the previous calendar year.

    If you are self-employed you will have to calculate your tax liability in respect of

    Your final tax assessment for 2019


    Your preliminary tax for 2020

    You can reduce your final tax liability for 2019, as well as your 2020 preliminary tax liability by making contributions to a pension by 31st October 2020 (or 10th of December 2020 if you are using Revenue Online Services ROS). 

    If you are self-employed the following example shows the value of using a pension to reduce your tax liability while accumulating a retirement fund for your future:



    Contribution paid 25 October 2020                                            €2,000

    Reduction in 2019 tax bill (40% tax payer):                                 €800

    Actual cost to you of additional €2,000 into your pension:       €1,200


    If you make a pension contribution before 31/10/20 backdated for 2019, you effectively reduce your tax bill for 2019 with the tax relief on pension contributions.  This will have the knock on effect of reducing the preliminary tax bill for 2020


    Tax relief is available as follows:

    Age Band

    % of Net relevant earnings

    Under age 30

    15% of Remuneration

    Age 30 to 39

    20% of Remuneration

    Age 40 to 49

    25% of Remuneration

    Age 50 to 54

    30% of Remuneration

    Age 55 to 59

    35% of Remuneration

    Age 60 and over

    40% of Remuneration


    Please note that an earnings cap of €115,000 applies for contributions.  Pension contributions made for 2019 must be deducted from the maximum tax-allowable contribution calculated based on these limits.

    Subject to affordability, individuals on the higher rate of tax should consider maximising their pension contributions before the end of 2020 in order to benefit from the higher rate of relief available at 40%. 

    Please note that the Revenue deadline is extended for members who complete their tax return online using the Revenue Online Service (ROS). This year the extended deadline is  Thursday 10 December.



    If you have any queries on saving for your retirement please contact the CIRT Admin Team on [email protected] or on 01 4071430


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