Fertility treatments are on the rise in Ireland. Fertility treatments can quickly become expensive; especially IVF, which is one of the more popular treatments.
The average cost of IVF per couple can range anywhere from €5k-40k, depending on how many sessions are required. As if that wasn’t enough, most fertility treatments aren’t covered by private health insurance, leaving couples with some hefty bills to pay.
Fortunately for those people, tax relief is available on the majority of fertility treatments available, and it doesn’t always matter whether the treatments occur in Ireland or abroad.
In this short article, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about claiming tax back on IVF and fertility treatments in Ireland.
Can I claim tax back on IVF Treatment?
Yes, you can make a tax back claim on any fees relating to IVF treatments through the tax relief for medical expenses scheme. The tax relief is given at the standard rate of 20%.
You cannot claim expenses back on any expenses that you have already reclaimed them elsewhere, e.g. through an insurance policy, compensation claim or from another public or local authority.
What other fertility treatments are tax deductible?
You can apply for tax back on any drugs that are used as part of fertility treatment, as they are covered by the Drugs Payment Scheme. Under this scheme, there is a limit on how much you will have to pay for approved prescription drugs, medicines and appliances in a given month.
If I go abroad, can I claim tax back on fertility treatments outside of Ireland?
Yes, you can claim for treatment if you travel abroad for IVF/fertility treatments. The tax relief is given at the standard rate of 20%.
Can I claim back tax for past fertility treatments?
Yes you can, but only up to a point. Ever since 1 January 2005, the time limit on claims for repayment of tax has been four years. So, currently you can claim for treatments administered as far back as 2013, but no further.
What receipts do I need to show?
If you wish to claim for any medical expenses, they need to be backed up by receipts. To claim tax back on medical expenses, first fill out our 60-second registration form – we will then follow up with next steps on how to claim back medical expenses. If you have already registered, you can email your receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to to Irish Tax Rebates, 1 Leinster Street, Athy, Co. Kildare.
If you have any questions that we have not covered or to find out the variety of other medical expenses you can claim tax back on, check out our comprehensive guide.