Tax & the Childminders Tax Relief

Childminders Tax  Relief Scheme

If you mind 3 fewer children in your own home at any one time, and earn no more than €15,000, this scheme is for you! The Childminders’ Tax Relief means that a childminder can earn up to €15,000 gross per annum without paying tax. Since you cannot deduct any expenses, there is no need to keep detailed accounts.  Also the scheme applies only to your childminding earnings, so even if you work another job part-time, it will not affect your right to claim this exemption.

To qualify for it,  you must mind no more than 3 children (0-17) at any one time and have informed your local Childcare Committee of your service. To claim it, you must be register as self-employed with your local tax office. Even though you have no tax liability, every October you will need to file a tax return when Revenue sends you the form.

Under this  scheme, you are NOT liable for the Universal Social Charge (USC), but you may make PRSI contributions (Class S). This is set at the minimum amount for those claiming this relief €500 per annum in 2014.  Class S PRSI allows you to claim the following benefits: State Pension (Contributory) • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) • Widow’s or Widower’s (Contributory) Pension • Maternity Benefit • Adoptive Benefit • Bereavement Grant.

How do I register for tax?

Complete a TR1 tax form and return it to your local tax office. You will need a PPS number. Don’t worry if you don’t have one – just contact your local Social Welfare office and it will be issued to you.

When does a childminder need to pay tax?

Once your gross income per annum is over €15,000, then you are liable for tax on the entire amount less your personal tax credits. Tax is paid on net income, e.g. profit after allowable expenses have been deducted.  Profit = Turnover – Allowable expenses – Capital Allowances.  You can claim for any business expense which you have incurred in order to earn your profits.  As a rule of thumb, you can offset 1/3 of expenses. You can claim capital allowances on assets which are of lasting use to your business. Dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, microwaves and fridges may be included in this.

Once you are liable for tax, then you are also liable for PRSI Class S contributions at 4% of reckonable income – subject to a minimum payment of €253. You are also liable for the Universal Social Charge (USC) on your gross income at 4% or 7% if your income is over €16,016.

How will I know when my tax becomes due?

As a self-employed person you must make annual tax returns. Revenue will send you a form to fill in and return. The system known as ‘Pay and File’, allows you to file your return and pay your tax at the same time. The common date for the payment of tax and filing of returns is October 31st.

What about VAT?

Childminding is exempt from VAT for Pre-school children. After school care is not exempt, but only if your turnover from this segment of your business exceeds €37,500 should you register for VAT.

For more information:

You can contact the Irish Revenue service at Lo-Call 1890 30 67 06 or visit their website www.revenue.ie

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