Tax Credits and Standard Rate Cut-Off Point (SRCOP)

Tax credits are credits that are applied annually, to each taxpayers account, to reduce their tax liability. Tax credits are allocated, by Revenue, based on each taxpayers personal circumstances, e.g. single person or married or in a civil partnership.

A tax credit reduces the tax an employee pays on their income. Some credits are fixed amounts, like the single or married person's credit; others depend on the amount you spend, like tuition fees. Refer to Calculating PAYE for a complete working example of deducting PAYE.

Tax Credits and SRCOP: Example of Tax Credit

An employee's Standard Rate Cut-Off Point (SRCOP) is the amount of their personal standard rate tax band 20%. For each pay period, tax is paid at the standard rate of 20% (for 2016) up to the SRCOP. For the balance of earnings above the SRCOP the higher rate of tax of 40% (for 2016) is applied.

Tax Credits and SRCOP: Example of SRCOP

Refer to Calculating PAYE for a complete working example of deducting PAYE.

It is the responsibility of each employee to manage the allocation of tax credits, SRCOP and any declaration to Revenue in terms of PAYE/USC Exempt status.

Using the PAYE Anytime service, accessible through myAccount on Revenue's website, employees can manage their taxes online, including;
  • updating personal information
  • view their tax record
  • claiming tax credits
  • reallocate credits between them and their spouse/civil partner

Revenue issues a Tax Credit Certificate to every employee who makes a claim for tax credits. The certificate sets out in detail the amount of tax credits and standard rate cut-off point (SRCOP) that Revenue has determined to be due to the employee. The Tax Credit Certificate issues to the employee when;
  • make first application for tax credits
  • re-issues each tax year thereafter
  • amended Tax Credit Certificate issues due to a change in individuals personal circumstances
  • individual commences new/additional employment
  • annually for each new tax year

Revenue will also issue a Tax Credit Certificate to an individuals employer, either on paper or electronically by means of a P2C file. CollSoft offers functionality to facilitate the import of the P2C file to update the Revenue details of employees by reading the tax credit certificate details from their P2C electronic version and applying the changes to each employee by the pairing of PPSN.

Information regarding the personal circumstances of the employee is NOT disclosed on the Tax Credit Certificate issued to the employer.

It only shows the total amount of the tax credits and SRCOP to which the employee is entitled and the tax basis to be used in applying the details of the Tax Credit Certificate against the earnings of the employee in that employment.

Tax Credits and Standard Rate Cut-Off Point: Tax Credit Certificate (TCC)
Creation date: 02/01/2017 23:46     Updated: 02/01/2017 23:46
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