Dependent Relative Tax Credit

You may claim this credit if you maintain a relative at your own expense. You can claim for your relative, or a relative of your spouse or civil partner.

Maintains at his or her own expense means meeting the costs of everyday living. You must substantially maintain your relative where they cannot maintain themselves.

Conditions to qualify

The relative you claim for must be your, or your spouse's or civil partner's:

  • relative, who is unable to maintain themselves due to incapacity by old age or infirmity
  • widowed father or widowed mother, whether incapacitated or not
  • parent who is a surviving civil partner, whether they are incapacitated or not
  • child who lives with you and on whose services you depend due to your old age or infirmity.

There is no requirement for the relative to live in Ireland to qualify for this credit. However, if you are claiming for your child on whose services you depend, that child must live in Ireland with you.

You cannot generally claim the credit for your child, unless they live with you and are your carer. In this case your child’s income cannot exceed €15,740.

If you are claiming for a relative who resides outside of Ireland you must be able to prove that you substantially maintain this relative. You should also be able to prove that the relative is incapacitated by old age or infirmity from maintaining themselves in relevant cases.

Relief due

You can receive a tax credit of €245 with effect from 01January 2021 (€70 for previous years)..

You will not receive a tax credit if your dependent relative's income exceeds €15,740 with effect from 01 January 2021 (€15,060 for 2020).

All of your dependent relative's income is included for the income limit purposes. This includes their social welfare payments, pensions and deposit interest.

If more than one person maintains the dependent relative, the credit is divided between or among them.

How to claim

Making a claim for the current year:

  • sign into myAccount
  • click the ‘Manage your tax’ link in PAYE Services
  • select ‘Claim tax credits’
  • select ‘Dependant relative tax credit’ under the category ‘You and your family’.

Making a claim for a previous year:

2019 and subsequent years: 

  • click on ‘Review your tax’ link in PAYE Services
  • request Statement of Liability
  • click on ‘Complete Income Tax Return’
  • in the ‘Tax Credits & Reliefs’ page select ‘You and your family’ and ‘Dependant relative tax credit’
  • complete and submit the form.

2018 and prior years:

  • click on 'Review your tax' link in PAYE Services
  • select the Income Tax Return for the year you wish to claim for
  • in the ‘Tax Credits & Reliefs’ page select ‘You and your family’ and ‘Dependant relative tax credit’
  • complete and submit the form.

Additional information

You may also claim: