Dependent Relative Tax Credit

What is the Dependent Relative Tax Credit?

If you pay income tax, a tax credit reduces your tax by the amount of the credit.

If you maintain a dependent relative, you may qualify for the Dependent Relative Tax Credit. Maintaining a relative means meeting the costs of everyday living.

To qualify for the tax credit, the income of your relative must be below a limit.

Who is a dependent relative?

The relative you claim for can be related to you or to your spouse or civil partner if they are:

  • A parent who is widowed or is a surviving civil partner
  • A son or daughter who lives with you and who you depend on because of your ill health or old age
  • A relative who cannot maintain themselves due to age or illness

Your dependant relative does not have to live in Ireland.

A child under the age of 18 will not qualify as a dependent relative unless they live with and care for you. A child under 18 may qualify for the Incapacitated Child Tax Credit.

Income limit for a dependent relative

If your dependent relative’s income is more than €17,404 in 2024, you will not get the tax credit for that year. In previous years, the income limit was €16,780 in 2023, €16,156 in 2022, €15,740 in 2021 and €15,060 in 2020.

All of your dependent relative's income is included for the income limit. This includes social welfare payments, pensions, and deposit interest.

How much is the Dependent Relative Tax Credit?

The Dependent Relative Tax Credit is €245 (since 2021).

How to apply

Apply online

If you are a PAYE taxpayer, you can claim the Dependent Relative Tax Credit online by signing into Revenue's myAccount service and using PAYE Services.

To claim for the current year:

  • Click ‘Manage your tax’
  • Select ‘Claim tax credits’
  • Select ‘Dependent Relative Tax Credit’ under the category ‘You and your family’

To claim for a previous year:

  • Click ‘Review your tax’
  • Click ‘Request’ under the ‘Statement of Liability’ section
  • Click on ‘Complete Income Tax Return’
  • In the ‘Tax Credits & Reliefs’ page select ‘You and your family’ and click on ‘Dependent relative tax credit’
  • Enter the information requested

If you pay tax under the self-assessment system, you can claim the credit when you file your income tax return and make a self-assessment.

Apply by post

Alternatively, you can claim the credit by completing the relevant form:

The completed form should be sent to your Revenue office. It may take longer to update your tax credits and issue a Tax Credit Certificate if you submit a paper claim.

Where to apply

Health expenses and your dependent relative

You do not have to be getting a Dependent Relative Tax Credit to claim tax back on medical expenses you pay for a relative.

If you pay qualifying health expenses on behalf of another person (whether they are dependent on you or not) you may be entitled to claim tax relief on the amount paid. You can claim relief on expenses like:

  • Doctors' bills
  • Maintenance or treatment in hospital
  • Prescribed drugs and medicines.

If you pay fees for a nursing home that provides 24-hour on-site nursing care, you can claim income tax relief at your highest rate of tax.

Page edited: 15 January 2024