How to Take Advantage of the Stay & Spend Scheme


It has been a long summer, especially without a proper holiday, so why not take advantage of the ‘Stay & Spend’ scheme in Ireland.

With everything going on, the government has given Irish people an incentive to have a staycation and support the Irish economy. We have been encouraged to enjoy a holiday in our beautiful country in the new ‘Stay & Spend’ tax rebate scheme.

So what is this scheme and how can you take advantage of it?

What is this scheme?

To encourage the Irish to stay here and spend money, the government have introduced a tax rebate for money spent on accommodation and food here.

From the 1st of October 2020 to the 30th of April 2021 you can claim tax back on money spent.

How does it work?

You don’t have to travel across the country to avail of the benefits of this scheme. All you have to do is spend a minimum of €25 in one transaction. After that you must submit all the receipts to Revenue and you can get 20% tax credit back.

Maximum claim?

You can spend as much as you want however the maximum worth of receipts is €625 per person. The maximum amount of money you will get back is €125 per person and max €250 for a couple.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation – must be registered with Fáilte Ireland including hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, self catering, caravans, camping parks and holiday camps.
  • Food & non-alcoholic drinks – from cafés, restaurants, hotels and pubs all included.

NOT Included:

  • Takeaway food
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Drinks (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic) served without food
  • Amounts below €25

For a full list of who is taking part in the ‘Stay to Spend’ scheme check out Revenue’s list.

How to make your claim?

You first have to submit your receipts using the Revenue Receipts App or on their website. Then you must submit the income tax return and make your claim.

So why not take advantage of the ‘Stay & Spend’ scheme! Check out Revenue’s step by step guide of how to claim here.

More information is available from Citizen’s Information and Revenue’s website.

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