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How to claim tax back on 3rd level education

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The education system in Ireland is extremely good but it can also be extremely expensive. However, if you’re involved in an undergrad, postgrad or even an IT or foreign language programme, you might be eligible to claim tax back on your college fees. From conditions and restrictions to rates of relief, eligibility and even how to claim tax back, here’s a simple but comprehensive guide to all you need to know.

Conditions & Restrictions

Conditions to consider

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 publicly-funded third-level college in Ireland or an EU member state.  These courses must be at least two years in duration.

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 in length and you must already have a primary degree or an equivalent qualification.

Restrictions to remember

Unfortunately, you cannot claim tax back on the following things:

•  Fees and examinations

• Fees for administration

• Fees for registration

•  Any part of your tuition fees that is covered by a grant

• Any part of your tuition fees that is covered by a scholarship

• Any part of your tuition fees that covered by your employer

The rates of tax back relief you may be entitled to

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 (including the Student Contribution) for the 2017/2018 academic year and no tax relief on the first €1,500 spent on tuition fees (including the Student Contribution) for the 2017/2018 academic year for part-time students. When it comes to information technology and foreign language courses, the course fees paid must not be less than €315 and not more than €1,270.

Tax relief is given at the standard rate of 20% on what you can claim against and, if for example you are a parent, there is no limit on the number of individuals for whom you can claim. What’s more, if you are claiming for more than one student, you will get full tax relief on tuition fees (including the Student Contribution) for the second or subsequent students.

We’re here to help

If you or your children are doing an undergraduate, postgraduate, information or a 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 will be 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.