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If you have miss the deadline of 11 December for filing your 2019 tax return you can expect to receive an automatic late filing surcharge and you will also be charged interest on the outstanding tax bill. The two charges are quite different and not in place of one another.

Late filing surcharges

If you submit your income tax return at any point beyond the filing deadline you will be issued with a surcharge of 5% of the tax liability for the year (before any payments). If the return is more than 2 months late this surcharge is increased to 10%.

For example a proprietary Director files their income tax return 3 months late.  Their tax liability for the year was €15,000 which was paid through the PAYE system. A surcharge of €1,500 would be payable even though there is no tax liability outstanding.

Late payment interest

Late payment interest is charged to reflect the fact that Revenue effectively gave interest-free credit whilst the tax payment was outstanding. 

The current rate of interest charged is .0219% of your liability per day.


Date published 13 Nov 2019 | Last updated 10 Dec 2020

This article is intended to inform rather than advise and is based on legislation and practice at the time. Taxpayer’s circumstances do vary and if you feel that the information provided is beneficial it is important that you contact us before implementation. If you take, or do not take action as a result of reading this article, before receiving our written endorsement, we will accept no responsibility for any financial loss incurred.


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