Contractors Surcharge

Q. I am a self employed contractor operating through a Limited Company. I was of the opinion that my tax rate in the company would 12.5% on any profits left in the company after I take a salary. I have now been told that the company may be liable for a “professional services surcharge” What is this and does it apply to me?

27th January 2017

A. The tax laws provide for a surcharge on certain undistributed income of service companies i.e. profits left behind after you take your salary.

The surcharge will apply to one man band contractors trading through a limited company where the company generates income by providing professional services/carrying on a profession/holding an office or employment.

These tax rules do not directly define what a “profession” is but Revenue have said that they regard the following list of professions to fall within the scope of the surcharge:

  • Accountant
  • Actor
  • Actuary
  • Archaeologist
  • Architect
  • Auctioneer/Estate Agent
  • Barrister
  • Computer programmer
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Engineer
  • Journalist
  • Management Consultant
  • Optician
  • Private School
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Solicitor
  • Veterinary surgeon

 

An experienced accountant can guide you through these rules and clarify if these rules apply to you and, if so, ensure that the additional taxes are calculated correctly.

 

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