The announcement in yesterday’s Budget of a new tax incentive scheme represents good news for home owners and the construction industry alike. This should inject much needed activity into the small works area while putting much needed cash back into the pockets of the home owner. The Government do not give away money that easily so of course there are some restrictions and limitations. The following extract from the website answers most of the obvious FAQs. The finer detail will be revealed with the publication of the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2013 on 24th October. What is not fully clear at the moment is whether other incentives such as the SEAI Greener Homes grants for insulation can be claimed in tandem or whether a married couple co-owning the property and co-funding can each claim combined relief up to a value of €60k…as soon as these issues become clear we will post a further update.
Revenue Commissioners Guidance (15.10.13) : “The Budget provides for a Home Renovation Incentive Scheme which will run from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015. The Scheme provides for tax relief for homeowners by way of a tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure on repair, renovation or improvement work carried out on a principal private residence. Qualifying expenditure is expenditure subject to the 13.5% VAT rate. The work must cost a minimum of €5,000 (exclusive of VAT) which would attract a credit of €675. Where the cost of the work exceeds €30,000 (exclusive of VAT), a maximum credit of €4,050 will apply. The credit is payable over the two years following the year in which the work is carried out.
The work must commence on or after 1 January 2014 and be carried out during 2014 or 2015. Homeowners must be LPT compliant in order to qualify under the Scheme while building contractors must be tax compliant in order to carry out works. The Scheme will be administered through Revenue’s online systems. Further information will be available on the Revenue website.
What is the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme? The Home Renovation Incentive Scheme provides for a tax credit for homeowners on repair, renovation or improvement work to a principal private residence.
Is there a minimum and maximum amount for the repair, renovation or improvement work? Qualifying work must cost a minimum of €5,000 excluding VAT (or €5,675 including VAT). While there is no upper limit on the cost of work, the maximum tax credit (see below) is linked to qualifying expenditure on work costing €30,000 excluding VAT.
Is there a minimum and maximum tax credit? The minimum tax credit is €675 (based on qualifying expenditure of €5,000 (excluding VAT) x 13.5%) and the maximum is €4,050 (based on qualifying expenditure of €30,000 (excluding VAT) x 13.5%). The tax credit is non refundable so any unused tax credit will roll forward to the next year. The tax credit is payable over the two years following the year in which the work is carried out.
When does the Scheme begin and how long will it last? The scheme applies to repair, renovation or improvement work commenced on or after 1 January 2014 and carried out during 2014 or 2015.
What type of work is covered? Repair, renovation or improvement work to a principal private residence, which is subject to VAT at 13.5%, is covered. Items such as furniture, white goods and carpets are not covered.
Will the value of my Property for LPT purposes change as a result of the repair or improvement work? No. The valuation of your property for LPT purposes on 1 May 2013 will stay the same for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 no matter what improvements you make to your property.
If the Owner doesn’t pay tax, can someone else pay for the work and claim the tax credit? No. The tax credit is only available to the owner occupier.
Who is eligible under the Scheme? Owner occupiers of a principal private residence who are tax compliant are eligible. Specifically, the homeowner’s LPT and Household Charge must be up to date. Building Contractors who are tax compliant are eligible to carry out work under the scheme.
At what stage can I claim the tax credit? The tax credit can be claimed after the work is completed.
How will I claim a tax credit under the Scheme? The scheme will operate through Revenue’s online systems – ROS, eRCT, PAYE Anytime, LPT online.
What will I have to do? Building Contractor – You should ensure that you are fully tax compliant Homeowner – You should ensure that your tax and specifically your LPT and Household Charge are up to date”.