Monthly direct debit

Employers' Income Tax

Employers’ Income Tax includes:

  • Income Tax
  • Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI)
  • Universal Social Charge (USC)
  • and
  • Local Property Tax (LPT) Deduction at Source.

Revenue collects direct debit payments for Employers’ Income Tax on the third last working day of the month. You cannot select a different date.

If opting to pay Employers’ Income Tax by direct debit, you can select either fixed direct debit or variable direct debit.

Direct debit is collected in arrears. This means that the payment to cover the December liability is taken from your account in January.

Employers’ Income Tax returns

Since the 2019 tax year, you report your employees’ pay and deductions as they are paid. Revenue then issue you a monthly statement based on your submissions. This is on the fifth day of the following month and shows a summary of the total liability. The statement is treated as the return if no amendments or corrections are made before the return due date.

Setting up an Employers’ Income Tax fixed direct debit

To set up a fixed direct debit you must:

  • file and pay any outstanding returns and taxes
  • have monthly Employers’ Income Tax liabilities of €25,000 or less
  • apply through Revenue Online Service (ROS)
  • and
  • ensure that your monthly payments are large enough to cover your annual Employers’ Income Tax amount.

Revenue can charge you interest if there is an underpayment.

Allocation of fixed direct debit payments

Your fixed direct debit payment should cover the amount of tax submitted on the payroll notification. Where the payment is too low Revenue will allocate the next fixed direct debit payment to the period.

Revenue can charge you interest if there is an underpayment. We allocate the fixed direct debit payments to the oldest liability first. This will reduce the amount of interest you could be charged.

Where the payment is too high, Revenue will allocate the payment to any underpayments in a period in the relevant year.

Amending an Employers’ Income Tax direct debit

You can change your bank details for your direct debit on ROS.

You can increase the amount you pay monthly at any stage during the year on ROS. You can also decrease the amount, but only up to a maximum of three times in the year. Following a change, the system will update the value of your direct debits for the remaining months of your annual period plus one month.

You can suspend up to three direct debit payments during the annual period. You must still meet your expected annual Employers’ Income Tax amount after amending or suspending the direct debit.

Cancelling an Employers’ Income Tax direct debit

You can cancel your direct debit at any stage through ROS. Once the direct debit is cancelled, the system will resume issuing returns based on your normal pay and file pattern. 

Missed or unpaid Employers’ Income Tax fixed direct debit payments

Your bank may return your payment as ‘unpaid’. If it does, we will send a letter to inform you that the payment was unsuccessful.

You can pay the missed payment:

  • through ROS
  • or
  • by debit or credit card.

You should replace the cancelled direct debit payment before the next debit is due from your account. Revenue will allocate the next direct debit to the period of the cancelled payment if you have not replaced it.

We may remove you from the direct debit scheme when direct debits are unpaid.

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