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Entry 6: Getting a PPS Number

Here is some really great first hand advice/tips from Carl who came all the way from Australia to Ireland on a working holiday. Thanks Carl for the write up

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

So, let’s assume that you’ve arrived in Ireland, you’ve registered with GNIB/INIS, and now you’re on the hunt for a job. Let’s also assume that you’ve then been lucky enough to have a real Irish person offer you a job. Time to get a Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number) so you avoid getting taxed incorrectly/too much.

A PPS Number is a unique number that sets you apart from a generic tourist and enables you to access (some of) the government services that ordinary Irish residents can. We’re talking things like social welfare and public healthcare**.


** it’s worth noting that Ireland and Australia have a reciprocal healthcare agreement (see this page for more information) so, if I understand correctly, any Australian visitor – WHA or not – can access emergency hospital treatment/prescription drugs in Ireland as if they were an Irish resident. But, if you’re on a WHA, you’ll…

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Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 7: Registering yourself/your first job with Revenue (the Tax Department)

Here is some really great first hand advice/tips from Carl who came all the way from Australia to Ireland on a working holiday. Thanks Carl for the write up

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

The idea of confronting/negotiating a foreign tax system seemed fairly overwhelming to me when I started working, but the good news is that – in hindsight – it’s actually not too difficult to get your head around. (Before I get stuck into this post, when I say ‘Revenue’, I mean ‘the Irish Tax Department’.)

In short, all you (as an employee who has got your first job) need to worry about – in order to comply with your tax obligations – is to:

  1. Register online for the Revenue ‘myAccount’ service (in other words, to register for ‘Revenue online services’); and
  2. Once registered for the ‘myAccount’ service, enter the details of your first job on the online ‘myAccount’ portal – importantly, you’ll need your employer’s Tax Registration Number to do this.

After these two steps, you should be taxed the ‘correct’* amount by your employer. But let’s go through those…

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Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 8: Expectation v Reality (the process so far)

Here is some really great first hand advice/tips from Carl who came all the way from Australia to Ireland on a working holiday. Thanks Carl for the write up

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

Time to take a breather. Well done for making it this far into what some might call the world’s most boring blog. Let’s see how we’re going so far:

In an ideal world, the process of getting a job, getting a PPS Number and registering yourself and your new job details with Revenue would run like this:

Get job offer → Get PPS Number→ Tell employer PPS Number → Register yourself and then your job with Revenue online → Start work → Be taxed the correct amount by employer from your first day onwards.

However, in the real world, things (for me and most other WHA holders I met working in Ireland) ran like this:

Do trial shift → Get job offer → Start work → Be taxed the ‘emergency’ (ie. higher) amount by employer because you haven’t got a PPS Number yet and therefore haven’t registered yourself or your job with Revenue…

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Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 9: Opening a bank account

Here is some really great first hand advice/tips from Carl who came all the way from Australia to Ireland on a working holiday. Thanks Carl for the write up

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

I started my quest to open a bank account by walking around Galway on my day off and picking up brochures from every bank I could find. Being the sick human being that I am, I then decided to painstakingly compare the fees of those banks over a nice cup of tea one night. Eventually, I settled on going with AIB, based on how my spending habits (card vs. cash etc.) matched their fees. (But let’s be honest, if you’re on a working holiday, the relatively small amount of money you’ll be earning means that your bank of choice makes almost no difference.)

I then googled how I could open a bank account with AIB so I could work out which documentation I needed to bring in to the branch. Obviously, you’ll need ID – a passport/drivers licence will do the trick for us internationals. You’ll also need proof of…

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Entry 10: Changing/adding jobs – what you need to do

Here is some really great first hand advice/tips from Carl who came all the way from Australia to Ireland on a working holiday. Thanks Carl for the write up

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

The process of changing or adding second/third/etc jobs in Ireland only really requires you to deal with one entity – Revenue (the Tax Department). It is a fairly straightforward process, but it is useful to know generally how it works. Notably, the situation if you are changing jobs is slightly more bureaucratic than if you are simply adding a second/third//etc job (ie. not ceasing any employment) . A short (I’m getting worn down by boredom in writing this blog) post outlining what you need to do in both scenarios is below (remembering that on a WHA, you’re not legally permitted to work for an employer for more than 6 months):


First scenario: Ceasing employment and changing jobs

  1. The first step is to obtain what is called a ‘P45′ (also known as a Cessation Certificate) from your employer. This is basically an official notification to Revenue from your employer that…

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