Reduction of Revenue Reporting threshold from €635 to €300

The Return of Payments (Banks, Building Societies, Credit Unions and Savings Banks) Regulations 2008 (as amended) provides for the automatic reporting by credit unions and other financial institutions details of members/customers to whom they have made payments of dividend/interest.

Each year since 2009 the threshold amount for reporting by St. Canice’s Credit Union was €635. This meant that any dividend paid to members in excess of €635 was reported to Revenue by 31st March of the following year.

Resulting from the general reduction in dividend and interest rates nationally, the number of accounts meeting the reporting threshold has fallen. As this has been a very important source of information for Revenue, their office sought a reduction in the annual reporting threshold from €635 to €300.

Accordingly, in February 2015, the Statutory Instrument to reduce the reporting threshold from €635 to €300 was signed into law.

The 2014 Budget contained the following provisions regarding Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT):

With effect from 1st January, 2014 all Credit Union share dividend and deposit interest paid to members will be subject to DIRT, with the exception of dividend or interest paid to members who are exempt from DIRT. The only members who can be exempt are;

  • Members aged over 65 whose total income is less than the relevant limit currently €18,000 for an individual and €36,000 for a married couple. For married couples, only one of the spouses needs to be over 65. To avail of this exemption, you must sign a self-declaration form DE 1. This form is available in your credit union and is a declaration that you (or your spouse) are aged over 65 and that your total income is less than the relevant limit.
  • Members who are permanently incapacitated: Such members should either contact their local Revenue Commissioners office directly or contact a service body such as the Irish Wheelchair Association. Credit Unions have no role in approving the exemption in these cases.

If you do not complete the self-declaration form DE1, the credit union will be obliged to deduct DIRT from your dividend or interest. You will then have to apply directly to the Revenue Commissioners for a refund of this DIRT (if you are eligible).

In addition to the above, the tax free limits applicable to share dividend and deposit interest in Special Term Accounts have been removed and will not apply to Special Term Accounts opened on or after 16th October, 2013. Existing Special Term Accounts can continue to avail of the tax free amount for the remainder of their term.