Revenue Tax Briefing Issue 64, August 2006
The purpose of this article is to highlight the need for a correctly completed tax registration form when applying for Tax Registration. The article deals with registration for business taxes, that is, Income Tax (self-assessment), Corporation Tax, Relevant Contracts Tax, VAT, and PREM (employer's liability to PAYE/PRSI) registrations.
The article identifies some of the issues that cause difficulty in Revenue's Central Registration Units and offers tips that practitioners can take to avoid these problems.
When submitting an application for a tax registration Revenue expects a fully completed Tax Registration Form. Applications for registration in any other format, e.g., letter, fax, etc. will not be accepted. There are a number of different registration forms, each catering for a specific category of taxpayer. You should ensure that you are using the correct form for the person who is registering.
Form TR1 - is completed by the following customer types to register for Income Tax (self-assessment), PAYE/PRSI (PREM), RCT & VAT:
Form TR2 - is completed by a Company to register for Corporation Tax (CT), PAYE/PRSI (PREM), RCT & VAT.
Form PREM Reg - Employer (PAYE/PRSI) Registration Form - is completed for a PREM only registration application, e.g., where a person (including a partnership, company, etc) who is already registered for Income/Corporation Tax becomes an employer or where a PAYE customer employs a childminder, home carer, or domestic.
Income Tax Registration Form for Collection Agents acting on behalf of non-resident landlords - This form is only to be used to register a collection agent for a non-resident landlord for income tax.
Registration Form for voluntary non-profit making organisations - This form should only be used where a voluntary, non-profit making organisation wishes to register for tax for Tax Clearance purposes.
The full and accurate completion of the registration form will ensure a speedier processing of the application for tax registration. The form acts as a checklist, ensuring that no information is omitted from the application in error. Completed registration forms should be submitted to the Customer Registration Unit in the customer's Revenue District. In the past, applications for registration by letter only have not provided all relevant information, resulting in delays in the registration process. Letters can be misdirected away from the registration unit and may not get the priority treatment afforded registration forms. As mentioned above, application for tax registration on the basis of a letter/fax only will not be accepted.
All registration forms are available on www.revenue.ie under Forms/Registration Forms. Supplies of forms TR1, TR2, and PREM Reg. are also available from Revenue's Forms & Leaflets Service at LoCall 1890 306 706 or from any Revenue office. Old versions of registration forms (e.g., Form STR) should not be used, as these do not provide sufficient information to process the registration in all cases.
The registration forms for Collection Agents and for Voluntary Bodies are, due to their limited customer base, only available on www.revenue.ie. If you do not have access to the internet you can request your Revenue office to download a copy for you.
The completed application form should be sent to the correct Revenue office. This is the Revenue district for the area in which the customer resides, or, in the cases of a business, where it is managed and controlled (in general this is where the main business activity is carried on). Full contact details for all Revenue offices can be found on www.revenue.ie under Contact Details.
One of the difficulties experienced in Revenue districts is that of missing or invalid PPS or CRO numbers. The position regarding the allocation of registration numbers is as follows:
An Individual must have a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) to register. The PPSN is allocated by the Department of Social & Family Affairs.
A Company must be incorporated in the Companies Registration Office before it can register for Tax.
A Partnership, Trust, and Unincorporated Body - the registration number is allocated by the Revenue District at the time the case is registered.
A Foreign company exercising a trade in the State is obliged to register for VAT. The Revenue District allocates the registration number at the time the case is registered.
The declaration on page one of the application form must be completed in all cases.
Occasionally an agent may sign the form; however the agent must provide confirmation that they have been authorised by the applicant to sign the form. Where the agent signs the form, the signature must be that of an authorised official and not the name of the firm or practice.
Some of the recurring problems encountered by Revenue Districts in attempting to register a case are as follows.
Any of the above problems will cause delays with the registration. In most instances the registration cannot be processed without further information from the customer/tax practitioner.
Practitioners are reminded that in many instances delays in registration can be avoided if full and detailed information is provided at the time of application for registration. Unnecessary delays can be avoided if practitioners: