A Guide to Entrepreneurs Relief in Ireland
If you’re a business owner with assets to sell, you might be concerned about Capital Gains Tax (CGT) or the tax you need to pay on any profits after selling those assets.
Without a clear understanding of CGT, small business owners may face unexpected tax burdens and miss out on the opportunity to capitalise on available tax reliefs, such as Entrepreneur Relief.
As the name suggests, Entrepreneur Relief can help reduce your tax liability. If you qualify, you can claim this “relief” (or tax benefit) on the profit you make from selling your assets. This can be a tax-efficient way to maximise your returns – but only if you meet Revenue’s conditions and file the required paperwork accurately and on time (that’s the hard part).
This guide provides an explanation of Entrepreneur Relief, including information on when and how it can be claimed. We’ll cover:
What Is Capital Gains Tax?
Capital Gains Tax is a tax you pay when you sell an asset, like property or shares, for more than what you paid for it. The tax is applied to the profit you make from the sale.
In Ireland, the standard rate of CGT is 33% of the profit (chargeable gains).
What Is Entrepreneurs Relief?
Entrepreneurs Relief is a tax relief program that allows qualifying individuals to pay a reduced rate of 10% on the gains they make from the sale of qualifying business assets. It’s applicable to gains of up to €1 million in an individual’s lifetime.
With Entrepreneurs Relief, you can significantly minimise your tax liabilities and extract more cash from your business.
How Do You Qualify for Entrepreneurs Relief?
To qualify for Entrepreneurs Relief in Ireland, you must meet certain conditions.
The business asset you want to sell must have been owned for a continuous period of three years, and these three years should fall within the five years just before the sale.
If the business is carried on by a company, the relief-seeking owner must meet the following criteria:
What is a Qualifying Business and Qualifying Business Asset?
A qualifying business refers to any business other than holding securities or other assets as investments, holding development land, or letting of land.
A qualifying business asset can be:
When Should the Relief Be Claimed?
To claim Entrepreneurs Relief in Ireland, you need to be mindful of specific time periods set by Revenue for Capital Gains Tax (CGT).
There are two CGT periods:
If your gains fall within the initial period, the CGT payment is due by 15th December of the same tax year.
For gains in the later period, the CGT payment is due by 31st January of the following tax year.
Remember: you must declare the gain details in your personal tax returns, even if you don’t need to make the payment by those dates.
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