The Government’s new Help to Buy scheme opened on Tuesday 03/01/2017, which will enable first time buyers to avail of financial support. The scheme, introduced by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in the budget in October 2016, will allow purchasers to avail of an income tax rebate for tax already paid up to a maximum of €20,000, depending on the value of the property.

It is designed to help First-Time buyers meet tougher deposit requirements under Central Bank mortgage lending rules, rules that have since been relaxed slightly by the bank.

Help To Buy, the Details!

First-Time buyers either purchasing a new build or building their own home can apply for rebates via an application form available on the Revenue Commissioners website. The scheme permits applicants to claim back a rebate on income tax or Deposit Interest Retention Tax (Dirt) on bank savings paid over the previous four years previous to the year of purchase or building their first home. If the applicants have worked in Ireland for less than 4 years or has paid limited income tax the rebate amount

Help To Buy, Scheme Restrictions!

The available rebate is limited to 5% of total value up to a maximum of €20,000.00. The scheme is only available to First-Time buyers where the property is valued at not more than €500,000.00.
Applicants must be availing of financing of at least 70 per cent of the total value of the property. Under revised Central Bank rules, First-Time buyers can borrow up to 90 per cent of the value of the property, with the implementation of this scheme the majority of First-Time buyers will effectively need to raise a deposit of 5% of the total value of the property.

Help To Buy, Recent First-Time Buyers!

There is good news if you purchased your first house, as long as the house is a new build, between July 19 2017 and January 03 2017. The scheme will be backdated for those who meet the aforementioned criteria. For First-Time Buyers purchasing a property between now and the end of 2019, the rebated monies will be paid to directly to the property developer. If you bought your property between July 19 2017 and January 03 2017 or you have built your own property then the rebated monies will be paid to your account directly. Applicants must be owner-occupiers, buy-to-let or investment properties will not be subject to rebate. Applicants who avail of the scheme must remain living in the property for five years or could face a rebate clawback.

Help To Buy, How To Apply?

The application process for the Help-To-Buy scheme is straight forward and available online. The First-Time buyer will is required to upload a copy of the signed contract to purchase and will also need to include property details such as purchase price and the completion date for the purchase. They will also need to provide details of the mortgage lender and of the mortgage, including the loan-to-value ratio. First-Time Buyers will evidence to proove that they have paid either the full deposit, where the home was bought in 2016, or the balance of the deposit due after the rebate to qualify.

Revenue require details of all purchasers involved the property purchase (both persons where a couple are purchasing the property) so that the tax rebate may be apportioned to each person. The application form requires details of the contractor/developer selling the property where a new home is being purchased or in the case of a self-build property details of the solicitor acting on their client behalf who must provide proof that the first tranche of the mortgage has been drawn down to pay for the commencement of the self-build.

On application completion, Revenue will confirm the details provided. To confirm these details, Revenue will either contact the developer/contractor selling the house directly or contact the purchaser’s solicitor in the case of self-builds. Revenue will also check planning permission compliance and that the contractor/developer is tax compliant at this stage.

Applicants will be required to be registered on the Revenue Commissioners’ on-line portal, MyAccount, for managing your personal account with their services. The MyAccount portal allows customers of the Revenue Commissioners manage all their personal tax affairs, including income tax returns, local property tax and applications for the Home Renovation Incentive on-line at a single point of access. To register for the MyAccount portal users require the following personal public service (PPS) numbers to do so along with their date of birth, phone number, email and home addresses. Once applicants are registered with the MyAccount portal, they will be required to complete a form 12 tax return for each of the years on which they are seeking a tax rebate.

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