This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here.  
  • Delicious


Password Reminder

Please enter your email address to receive a password reminder.


Log into Tax-News+
Not registered yet? Find out about our daily news alert service »

Email Address: 

Login »

Forgotten your password?

Today’s Top Headlines

Ireland Extends Guide Dog Tax Break

by Jason Gorringe,, London

16 March 2017

The Irish Revenue has extended the current Guide Dog tax allowance to owners of Assistance Dogs.

Under the Guide Dog tax allowance, where a blind person maintains a trained guide dog, an agreed sum of EUR825 (USD884) (equivalent to a tax credit of EUR165) may be claimed as a health expense. This provision has now been extended to persons who maintain trained assistance dogs, including assistance dogs for children with autism, following the publication by Revenue of updated guidelines.

Assistance dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of their owner.

To qualify for the relief, an individual must prove that they maintain a trained dog which has been supplied by an organization accredited by Assistance Dogs Europe.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan commented: "Today's extension of the current Guide Dog tax allowance to owners who depend on the assistance of trained service dogs is a further step by the Government to make Ireland a fairer and more inclusive society. This move to support owners of Assistance Dogs will provide much needed additional support to individuals and families in our society."

TAGS: individuals | tax | Ireland | ministry of finance | tax authority | tax breaks

To see today's news, click here.

Leave a comment

Read our Posting Guidelines