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Information for Taxpayers

Revenue is responding to the current COVID 19 Pandemic by consistently providing information and guidance to assist taxpayers and agents who are experiencing a range of challenges during this time. For a full overview of the services available, please visit https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/index.aspx

Self-Isolation or COVID 19 Diagnosis Payments

This payment is for workers, in the public/ private sector, along with self-employed, who are unable to continue working in the short-term due to to being ill from COVID 19 and/or have been medically certified to self-isolate.

You do not need to attend your GP in person to obtain a certificate. Please see the following guidelines on how to proceed and where to send your certificate https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/disability_and_illness/covid19_enhanced_illness_benefit.html

The personal rate of Illness Benefit will increase from €203 per week to €350 per week for a maximum of 2 weeks where medically-required to self-isolate or longer following a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

For further details, please visit https://services.mywelfare.ie/en/topics/covid-19-payments/illness-benefit/

Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme is available to employers who retain employees on their payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; this allows employers to maintain links with employees for when the crises subsides and business picks up. The Government will cover up to 70% of an employee’s weekly net pay (max €410) where the average net weekly pay is less than or equal to €586. Employers are encouraged to maintain a significant or 100% income for the period of the scheme by topping up the wage where possible, by the remaining 30%.

To qualify for the Scheme, employers must

  • be experiencing significant negative economic disruption due to Covid-19
  • be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of Revenue, a minimum of a 25% decline in turnover
  • be unable to pay normal wages and normal outgoings fully
  • and
  • retain their employees on the payroll.

Registering for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

If you are already registered with Revenue for the COVID 19 Refund Scheme, there is no need to take any further action for this scheme. The employer may continue to make payroll submissions on the same basis as they were doing previously and €410 will be refunded in respect of each eligible employee per week.

Please see the following instructions on how to apply for the scheme:

  • Log on to ROS myEnquiries, click ‘Add A New Enquiry’ and select the category ‘Covid-19: Temporary Wage Subsidy’.
  • Read the ‘Covid-19: Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-Declaration’ and press the ‘Submit’ button.
  • Revenue will issue a confirmation via myEnquiries and the employer can immediately operate the scheme.
  • Ensure bank account details on Revenue record are correct. These can be checked in ROS and in ‘Manage bank accounts’Manage EFT’, by entering the details of the refund bank account that the refund is to be made to.

For further details on eligibility and playments, please visit https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx

Pandemic Unemployment Payment

The COVID – 19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is an emergency payment of €350 per week introduced by the Government to compensate for temporary unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic; to qualify for this scheme, you must not currently be receiving a wage through payroll.

To apply for the above scheme, please register with MyGov ID https://www.mygovid.ie/

You are eligible to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment if

  • You were in employment or self-employment immediately before Friday 13 March, and
  • You have been temporarily laid-off from work or asked to stay at home from work, and
  • Your employer is not in a position to retain you on their payroll, and
  • You are not in receipt of any employment income and
  • Are between 18 and 66 years of age

You’re NOT eligible to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment if

  • You were not in employment immediately before Friday 13 March, or
  • You were not laid-off from work by your employer, or
  • You are continuing to receive income from your employment, or
  • You voluntarily left your employment

For further information, please visit https://services.mywelfare.ie/en/breakdown-pages/important-notice/

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