Save €1500 a Year: Your Guide to Rent Tax Credit in Ireland

Living in Ireland can be expensive, especially when it comes to rent. But did you know there’s a way to ease that burden? Enter Rent Tax Credit, a government initiative designed to help eligible individuals save money on their rent. Here’s everything you need to know:

What is Rent Tax Credit?

Rent Tax Credit is a financial assistance program offered by the Irish government for those living in rented accommodation. It allows you to save a portion of your income tax based on the rent you pay.

How Much Can You Save?

You can save up to 20% of the rent you pay annually. For individuals, the maximum credit is €750, while couples filing jointly can claim up to €1,500 per year.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for Rent Tax Credit, you must:

  • Pay rent for the place you live in.
  • Rent a property in Ireland for work or other purposes.
  • Have a child renting for educational purposes (under 23 years old, and not related to the landlord).

What’s Excluded?

Certain expenses like security deposits, maintenance, laundry, and utility bills are not eligible for the tax credit.

How to Apply?

If you’re a PAYE taxpayer, you can apply through myAccount on the Revenue website. Simply log in, navigate to the PAYE Services section, and follow the instructions to claim your credit.

Self-filers can apply via the Revenue Online Service (ROS) by filling out the Income Tax Return (Form 11) for the relevant years.

Make sure your tenancy is registered with the Residential Tenancy Board (RTB), as you’ll need the RT number for your application.

Important Notes:

  • Other housing assistance scheme beneficiaries are not eligible.
  • Housing association, local authority, and parent-owned properties are also excluded.

For more information and assistance, you can refer to the Citizens Information website or contact Louis Kennedy Solicitors.


Rent Tax Credit is a valuable resource for those renting in Ireland, offering significant savings on income tax. By understanding the eligibility criteria and application process, you can make the most of this government initiative and ease the financial strain of renting in the country.

Adv. Jithin Ram

Mob: 089 211 3987

Louis Kennedy Solicitors


Credit: Adv. Jaya Tharayil, Lewis Kennedy Solicitors

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