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The Help to Buy scheme

The Help to Buy scheme (HTB) aids first-time buyers in purchasing a newly constructed home/apartment as well as unique self-built dwellings. It only applies to homes that cost less than €500,000

The HTB scheme gives a refund of the income tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) you have paid in Ireland over the previous 4 tax years.

How can someone qualify for the HTB scheme?

You may be eligible to get a refund on income tax and DIRT that you paid over the preceding 4 tax years if you are a first time buyer who purchases or self builds a new residential property between the 19th of July 2016 and the 31st of December 2024. You cannot request relief for USC or PRSI.

If you are buying or self building a property with someone else, you must both be first time buyers. If either parties have built or bought a property previously you will be deemed ineligible.

The scheme will only apply if the first time buyer(s) intend to make the property their main residence.

To find out if you are eligible fand how to apply for the HTB visit: How do I apply for the Help to Buy scheme.

For more information please visit: Citizens Information or gov.ie

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