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Beware - no car tax refunds!

Old May 7th 2019, 5:00 pm
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Default Beware - no car tax refunds!

This post is hopefully to warn any UK ex pats that may assume they can get a tax refund on their car tax as in the UK.
We have a 19 year old car that runs perfectly and we taxed for a year in February at a cost of nearly €700. We have now purchased a replacement car ( which wasn't the plan but never the less happened ) and assumed incorrectly that we would be able to claim back the remaining months left on the car tax. Wrong! Only if the car is scrapped, the owner is leaving the state on business or for educational purposes or are joining the armed forces. None of these apply. We intend to keep the car indefinitely and maybe pass onto our son when the time is right. It's kept garaged on private property.
Be aware, don't tax your car for a year else this money grabbing government may well end up pocketing a large amount of your hard earned cash.
Just another way the motorists are being ripped off in this country. ​​​​​
Disgraceful.
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Old May 8th 2019, 7:00 am
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Default Re: Beware - no car tax refunds!

Originally Posted by jenny-laurel
This post is hopefully to warn any UK ex pats that may assume they can get a tax refund on their car tax as in the UK.
We have a 19 year old car that runs perfectly and we taxed for a year in February at a cost of nearly €700. We have now purchased a replacement car ( which wasn't the plan but never the less happened ) and assumed incorrectly that we would be able to claim back the remaining months left on the car tax. Wrong! Only if the car is scrapped, the owner is leaving the state on business or for educational purposes or are joining the armed forces. None of these apply. We intend to keep the car indefinitely and maybe pass onto our son when the time is right. It's kept garaged on private property.
Be aware, don't tax your car for a year else this money grabbing government may well end up pocketing a large amount of your hard earned cash.
Just another way the motorists are being ripped off in this country. ​​​​​
Disgraceful.
But you're in a different country (not UK) and the law is clear, so why moan?: Tax is also based on the CO2 emission levels.

Refunds of motor tax

It is possible in certain circumstances to claim a refund of motor tax. Your application for a refund should be made directly to your local Motor Tax Office on Form RF120 (pdf). You can claim a refund of motor tax if:
  • The vehicle has been scrapped, destroyed or sent permanently out of the State
  • The vehicle has been stolen and has not been recovered by the owner
  • The vehicle has not been taken out or used in a public place at any time since the issue of the current disc
  • The owner of the vehicle has stopped using the vehicle because of illness, injury or other physical disability
  • The owner of the vehicle has stopped using the vehicle because they are absent from the country for business or educational purposes
  • The owner of the vehicle has stopped using the vehicle because of service overseas with the Defence Forces
Tax discs must be surrendered immediately as refunds are generally calculated from the first of the month after the disc is surrendered. A minimum of three unexpired whole calendar months must be left on the disc when surrendered. Where a vehicle has been scrapped you will need a certificate of destruction issued by an End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Authorised Treatment Facility.

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