The education system in Ireland is extremely good but it can also be extremely expensive. If you’re in an undergrad, postgrad, an IT or foreign language programme, we’ve got good news for you. You may be eligible to claim tax back on your college fees! Here’s a simple but comprehensive guide to all you need to know.
Conditions For Education Tax Relief
First of all, to be able to claim tax back, you must have paid fees – either on your own behalf or on behalf of another person – on one of the eligible courses outlined on this official list. The list of eligible programmes is approved and updated each year by the Department of Education and Skills.
You can claim relief on any approved full-time or part-time undergraduate course in either a private or public third-level college. It can be in Ireland or an EU member state, and the course must be at least two years long.
Approved postgraduate courses in private or publicly funded colleges in Ireland or an EU member state are also eligible. However, they must be for at least one academic year and not more than four academic years long. Also, you must already have a primary degree or an equivalent qualification.
Restrictions For Student Tax Back
Unfortunately, you cannot claim tax back on the following things:
- Fees for examinations
- Fees for administration
- Fees for registration
- Any part of your tuition fees that are covered by a grant
- Any part of your tuition fees that are covered by a scholarship
- Any part of your tuition fees that are covered by your employer
Tax Back Relief Rates For Education
Including the Student Contribution, the maximum amount of fees that you can claim tax back for education on is €7,000 per person per course. However, for full-time students, there is no tax relief on the first €3,000 spent on tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is also the case for part-time students for the €1,500 spent on tuition fees. Note: tuition fees include the Student Contribution.
When it comes to IT and foreign language courses, the course fees paid must not be less than €315 and not more than €1,270.
The standard rate of 20% applies to tax relief claims on tuition.
If you are a parent, there is no limit on the number of individuals for whom you can claim. If indeed you are claiming for multiple students, you get full tax relief on tuition fees for the second or subsequent students. This includes the Student Contribution.
We’re Here To Help
If you or your children are doing an undergraduate, postgraduate, or foreign language programme, you may be eligible for relief once you meet the criteria outlined above. If you have any questions or if you’re still unsure about how to claim tax credits and you would like Irish Tax Rebates to claim tax credits on your behalf from the past four years, contact Irish Tax Rebates today. Our friendly team of tax experts are more than happy to help.
We have the highest average tax rebate in Ireland and the lowest fee; and if you aren’t owed any tax back, there is no fee applied. To get the ball rolling, you can apply for your tax back online today.