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Emergency Tax - How to Claim in 2024


Understanding the intricacies of Ireland’s tax system, particularly emergency tax, is essential for ensuring accurate payroll deductions and timely refunds. This guide aims to demystify the process of claiming emergency tax refunds, providing clarity on eligibility, necessary steps, and practical tips to navigate the procedure effectively.

Section 1: Understanding Emergency Tax in Ireland

Emergency tax is a provisional tax arrangement applied when an employer doesn’t have sufficient information to calculate an employee’s tax credits and standard rate cut-off point (SRCOP). It ensures that employees’ pay is taxed at a higher rate until their tax situation is clarified. This measure is typically triggered by starting a new job without a P45 or when there are discrepancies in tax information.

Section 2: Eligibility for Emergency Tax Refunds

To qualify for an emergency tax refund, individuals must demonstrate that they have overpaid taxes due to emergency tax deductions. This commonly occurs when transitioning between jobs or when tax credits are not applied correctly. Understanding your entitlement to an emergency tax refund requires a thorough review of your pay slips and tax documentation.

Section 3: Gathering Necessary Information

Before initiating the refund process, gather essential documents such as:

  • P45: Provides details of previous earnings and taxes paid.
  • P60: Summarizes your total pay and deductions for the tax year.
  • Payslips: Detailing deductions made under emergency tax.

If you don’t have these documents readily available, request them from your employer or Revenue. Accurate documentation is crucial for substantiating your claim and expediting the refund process.

Section 4: Step-by-Step Guide to Claiming a Refund

Reviewing Your Pay Slips

Examine your pay slips carefully to identify emergency tax deductions. These are typically marked as Emergency Tax or Week 1/Month 1 basis deductions. Keeping detailed records of these deductions ensures you have accurate information when preparing your refund claim.

Contacting Revenue

Initiate contact with Revenue to begin the refund process. You can reach them through various channels:

  • Online: Using Revenue’s secure online services.
  • Phone: Calling the Revenue helpline for assistance.
  • In Person: Visiting your local Revenue office if necessary.

When contacting Revenue, provide details such as your PPS number, employment history, and details of your emergency tax deductions. Clear communication will facilitate a smoother refund application.

Completing Forms

Depending on your employment status, complete the appropriate form:

  • Form P50: Used if you have stopped working or are no longer earning employment income.
  • Form 12: For self-assessed individuals who need to adjust their tax assessment due to emergency tax deductions.

Ensure all sections of the form are filled out accurately and comprehensively. Mistakes or omissions can delay the processing of your emergency tax refund.

Submitting Your Claim

Submit your completed form along with supporting documents to Revenue. The submission process can be done online or by mail, depending on your preference. Be mindful of submission deadlines to avoid delays in processing.

Section 5: Following Up on Your Claim

After submitting your claim, monitor its progress by checking the status online through Revenue’s website. If you haven’t received a response within the expected timeframe, follow up with Revenue to ensure your emergency tax refund claim is being processed promptly.

Section 6: Common Pitfalls and Tips

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Failing to keep accurate records of emergency tax deductions.
  • Missing deadlines for submitting refund claims.
  • Incomplete or incorrect information on claim forms.

Tips for Success:

  • Keep copies of all correspondence and documentation related to your emergency tax refund claim.
  • Utilize Revenue’s online services for faster processing and updates.
  • Seek professional advice if you encounter difficulties or have complex tax situations.


Navigating the process of claiming emergency tax refunds in Ireland requires diligence and understanding of tax regulations. By following the steps outlined in this guide and being proactive in managing your emergency tax refunds, you can effectively reclaim any overpaid taxes and ensure compliance with Ireland’s tax laws.

If you have questions or require further assistance with claiming emergency tax refunds, do not hesitate to Contact us or reach out to revenue. Taking proactive steps now can lead to financial peace of mind and timely resolution of any tax-related issues you may encounter.

This comprehensive guide equips you with the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully navigate the process of claiming emergency tax refunds in Ireland, empowering you to manage your tax obligations effectively.

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Terms and Conditions

1. Authorisation to Act as Agent

I authorise Anytime Tax Refunds Limited, TAIN 76174M of Tubbercurry Co. Sligo to act as my agent in dealing with all aspects of the filing of my Irish income tax return, including the submission of refund or credit claims, allowances or reliefs.

I confirm that all documentary evidence of entitlement to credits/reliefs claimed and taxable income sources, will be held for a period of 6 years beginning at the end of the year of assessment to which the Return of Income and/or claim relates by myself.

I confirm that this authorisation will remain in force until Revenue is formally notified of its cessation by either myself or Anytime Tax Refunds Limited, or for a maximum period of 4 years.

2. Authorisation For Agent to Receive Refunds on Behalf of Client

I authorise the transfer of any refund or repayment of PAYE/Income Levy/Universal Social Charge due to me by the Revenue Commissioners by electronic funds transfer to the following bank account which is held by Anytime Tax Refunds Limited.

International Bank Account Number (IBAN): IE10AIBK93727408931117
Bank Identifier Code (BIC): AIBKIE2D
Name of Account holder: Anytime Tax Refunds Limited

I understand that any refund made by the Revenue Commissioners to my agent, Anytime Tax Refunds Limited, on my behalf is refunded in a similar manner as if same were being refunded directly to me and that once the refund is transferred into the bank account nominated by me I have no further call upon the Revenue Commissioners in respect of same.

I understand that Anytime Tax Refunds Limited is acting as my agent and is solely responsible to me in respect of any refund received by them on my behalf. I further understand that my Agent, Anytime Tax Refunds Limited is an independent entity and that the Revenue Commissioners make no endorsement of my agent or any such agency and cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for problems encountered by me in dealing with them.

I understand and agree that Anytime Tax Refunds Limited will input its own bank account details on the Revenue record for the duration of this mandate and will remove these details on the cessation of the mandate.

I confirm that I am aware of, and agree to, the payment of the fees charged by Anytime Tax Refunds Limited in respect of the services carried out on my behalf and that this fee will be deducted from any amount refunded by Revenue and that the balance of this amount will be paid to me.

3.Terms and Conditions of Authorisation

I understand that Tax law provides for both civil penalties and criminal sanctions for the failure to make a return, the making of a false return, facilitating the making of a false return, or claiming tax credits, allowances or reliefs which are not due.

I confirm that I will provide the necessary documentation to Anytime Tax Refunds Limited to support any refund, credit claims or claims for allowances and reliefs made to Revenue on my behalf by Anytime Tax Refunds Limited.

I confirm that I will provide details of all my sources of income to Anytime Tax Refunds Limited.

I understand that the person selected in Section 1 above is required to retain all documentation relating to any refund or credit or allowance or relief claimed by the agent on my behalf for a period of 6 years beginning at the end of the year of assessment to which the Return of Income and/or claim relates and that Anytime Tax Refunds Limited will be required to produce same to Revenue upon request.