Blanchardstown Area Partnership


The Start Your Own Business is
an incentive allowing individuals
who have been long-term unemployed for at least 12 months prior to starting their own business
to gain a two-year exemption from
the charge to income tax up to a
max of €40,000 income per annum. 

How does it work?

You will be exempt from paying
any income tax on any profit from your business up to €40,000 in
year 1 & year 2 of your business.

You will still be expected to pay any USC and PRSI liabilities and make annual returns as normal.

Sounds good, how do I qualify?

You may start any business, but to avail of the scheme your business must be unincorporated (i.e. you must be operating as either
a Sole Trader or Partnership structure).

You must have started your business on or after 25 October 2013 and 31 December 2016.

You must be unemployed for a minimum of 12 months prior to commencing your business.

During that 12 months, you must be
in receipt of one of these payments;

  • crediting contributions
  • jobseeker's allowance
  • jobseeker's benefit
  • the one-parent family payment
  • partial capacity payment
Periods of time spent on certain trainingcourses and schemes will be treated as part of a period of unemployment.
If you were entitled to jobseeker’s allowance or jobseeker’s benefit immediately before starting on the training
course or scheme, then any allowance paid for attending such a course will be treated
as if it were jobseeker’s allowance or jobseeker’s benefit.

Examples of training courses and scheme would include:
FÁS training courses, Community Employment Schemes, Job Initiative and Back to Education Schemes.
​So, how do I apply?

Complete the relevant section when doing your annual return. It's a 'box ticking' exercise.
More information and some useful examples are in the link below

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We go through this and much other tax related stuff during our Taxation/Bookkeeping/VAT classes.
They're on every month....check them out in the link below
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Blanchardstown Area Partnership