Pension Tax Deadline 2018 – For the Self Employed

Who files a self-assessment tax return?

  •  The self employed, proprietary directors (those who own more than 15% of a company) and people with non-PAYE income are required to file self assessment tax returns under the Pay and File system with Revenue
  • Employees and Directors in occupational pension schemes can also reduce their 2017 tax bill if they pay an AVC single premium on or before 21st October 2018 and file a return by 31st October 2018


How to avoid interest & surcharges

By 31st October/14th November 2018 you must:
– File a 2017 Income Tax Return
– Pay any balance of income tax outstanding for 2017
– Pay preliminary income tax for 2018

Tax Saving Opportunities – For the Self Employed  

If you are self employed, you must calculate your tax liability and make a payment by 31st October 2018 in respect of your:

  • Final Tax Assessment for 2017
  • Preliminary Tax for 2018


Good news:

  • You can reduce your 2017 Final Tax Liability and your 2018 Preliminary Tax liability by making contributions to a Personal Pension Plan or to a PRSA plan by 31st October 2018 (or 14 November 2018 for ROS users) and also by these respective dates electing to backdate the tax relief to 2017.
  • Your pension contributions are subject to the age-related limits shown below:
Age Band% of Net Relevant
60 and over40%
Up to age 2915%



  • John is self employed
  • Aged 45 years
  • Net Relevant earnings for 2017 were €80,000.
  • He has paid €18,000 Preliminary Tax in 2017
  • Total tax bill for 2017 is €25,000.
  • This leaves him owing €7000 for 2017.
  • He does not currently pay pension contributions.
  • The two scenarios below show just how a lump sum pension contribution can save John lots of money!


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Karen Cantwell, 30.09.2018 | Posted in News