My tax bill is due, and I need help

If you don’t have the money to pay your tax bill, what are your options? Also, what expenses can you claim back against tax?

If your tax bill is due and you don’t have the cash flow to pay it, you are not alone.

This is an issue that affects thousands of small business owners and sole traders around the country each year.

The annual tax bill, however, doesn’t have to cause you sleepless nights.

“You can pay off the loan as quickly as you want without paying additional fees.”

One of the best and most affordable solutions is to take out a small business loan with competitive interest rates and no prepayment penalties. This allows you to pay off the loan as quickly as you want without paying additional fees.

You can quickly apply for the loan here. 

This link will bring you to a Bank of Ireland lending page, terms and conditions apply. Bank of Ireland is regulated by the Central bank of Ireland.

And remember, it is always advisable to seek professional help from a qualified and reputable tax accountant when filing your tax return.

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What expenses can I claim back each year? 

You are allowed to claim against expenses that are directly related to the running of the business. These include: 

  • Purchase of goods for resale
  • Wages, rent, rates, repairs, lighting and heating 
  • Running costs of cars, vans or machinery used in the business
  • Accountancy fees
  • Interest paid on any money borrowed to finance the business 
  • Lease payments on vehicles or machinery used in the business

What can I not claim back? 

Section 81(2) Tax Consolidation Act 1997 (TCA 1997) lists expenses specifically disallowed. Some of which are:

  • Capital items purchased.
  • Expenses for domestic or private use e.g. apportionment of dwelling house expenses if working from home.
  • Entertainment costs (any lunches with clients, coffees, etc.)
  • Any interest paid to Revenue for late filing.
  • All food and subsistence paid by a self-employed person.

Rule of thumb – any expenditure incurred which is not wholly and exclusively incurred for business activity is disallowed.