More than a million Irish taxpayers – half of the state’s workers – are unaware of their personal tax obligations, a survey by the Taxback group of tax advisors. com has found.
More than half of Irish taxpayers (54 percent) are either unsure or unaware of their tax filing requirements, the study found.
When you consider that, according to the latest estimates, around 1.9 million people work in Ireland, this equates to just over a million workers who are unaware of their statutory tax requirements, according to the group.
The survey of 1,500 taxpayers also found widespread confusion regarding tax filing requirements for both PAYE and non-PAYE income.
“Overall, this survey shows a very real gap in workers’ understanding of the tax system and their responsibilities within it,” said Joanna Murphy, General Manager of Taxback.com.
“It is surprising that only a few (22 percent) know that those who generate additional income outside of the PAYE system – for example through rent, investments or self-employment – are obliged to submit an annual tax return. ” She said.
“In most cases this income has to be taxed and often those who exceed a certain amount have to file a self-assessed tax return. People are clearly confused about tax filing requirements and more needs to be done to give workers a basic understanding of income tax and how it works, ”she said.
Taxback.com urged employers to better inform their employees about their tax obligations. The group is hosting an event on Tuesday on the Future of Employee Wellbeing in Ireland, which will discuss some of the survey results, as well as the likely work arrangements after Covid.
“Our panel will discuss what jobs in Ireland could look like after Covid. And we will explore ways we can improve the wellbeing of our employees, both for those who work remotely and for those of us who reintegrate into an office space, ”said Ms. Murphy.