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Registering for Revenue Online Services (ROS.IE) in Ireland

The Revenue Online Services requires you to complete a three step registration process.  Two of these steps involve them posting a letter to you at your registered taxation address (so remember to update your address if you move home).

Step 1 – Apply for your ROS Access Number

Go to the Revenue.IE website and click on “Register for Online Services

You then click on “Step 1- Apply for your RAN” (RAN = Revenue Access Number)

For Self Employed persons, you are completing Part A of the form.  You are Registering for Income Tax (Tax Type) and the ID No. is your PPS Number.  Once you have completed this, click on “Submit”.

You will then be presented with another form to enter your name, and telephone number.  Before clicking submit.

It is then a matter of waiting a week or two for them to post out your RAN (Revenue Online Services Access Number).

Step 2 – Apply for your Digital Certificate.

As instructed in the letter the Revenue team post you, you then need to go back to the website mentioned above: Register for Online Services.

Click onto the “Apply for Digital Certificate” button.

This will present you with a screen to enter your ROS Access Number (Mailed to you in Step 1).  You will also be required to enter your Tax Registration Number (PPSN) and your correspondance email address.

Before you can move onto step 3, Revenue will post you another letter, so as you can access your Digital Certificate.

Step 3 – Retrieving Digital Certificate

You can follow the instruction on the letter posted to you.  You will then be able to log into ROS.

Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) in Ireland (Pre-School Education)

In Ireland, children of pre-school age (3yrs 2mths to 4yrs 7mths) can benefit from the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) in Ireland.

View more information on the above link. A quick overview:

Information

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. In general, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years 2 months and less than 4 years 7 months on 1 September of the year that they will be starting. The upper age limit can be extended in some cases – see ‘Rules’ below.

The State pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and daycare services. In return, they provide a pre-school service free of charge to all children within the qualifying age range for a set number of hours over a set period of weeks (see ‘How the ECCE scheme is provided’ below).

In general, children only qualify for ECCE in one school year. However, a child who has been assessed as having a disability may be able to spread their free pre-school year over 2 years – see ‘Children with special needs’ below.

Advertising Your Business In Ireland

There are many free, and cheap ways to advertise your business in Ireland.  Some of these methods require a little outlay to begin with. Some require no outlay.

Lets begin with the free methods (assuming you have your website setup).  Begin with listing your website and business on both Google Webmaster tools, as well as Google Plus (that Google+ page plays a very important role in Google Search Engine Result Pages (SERPS).

Next, head on right over to Bing Webmaster Tools and get listed there too – and right after that head onto DMOZ.org (The Open Directory Project), and EW Search.

You can then list your specific products, business and services on the following websites either free of charge or for a low fee:

  • HotFrog.ie
  • GumTree.ie
  • Adverts.ie

Simply create your advert, and then post it.

The next items are pretty obvious: Facebook Pages, Linked In Pages and Twitter accounts create the perfect opportunity to get a high pagerank backlink to your website.

Moving on, you should obviously have your business listed on the main directory enquires pages, such as GoldenPages.ie

The next method of advertising your business would obviously be direct marketing, such as Leaflet Distribution.

Any business can get online for free using our Free Web Hosting solution.  We even offer very cheap, competitive rates for our Cheap Domain Registration services.

For the less techie of folks, I have created a few YouTube videos to show you how to create your website to advertise your Irish Business.

Once you have got your business website created the next obvious step is to Optimise the Website for Search Engines to crawl – SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation.  I offer a number of services to benefit you in this manner.  With fast results.  If you are interested then please get in touch, by either commenting on the Blog, or sending me an email.

Need a Flyer Design, or Business Card Created?  How about Cheap Flyer and Leaflet Printing?  These are just a few of the services we offer.

Registering your business name in Ireland

Registration of a business name is obligatory if any individual or partnership (whether composed of individuals or bodies corporate or any combination of both) or any body corporate carries on business under a name other than their own true names. Its purpose is to make public the identities of those individual(s), partnerships or corporate bodies being the legal entity behind the business name.

To register a business name, submit one of the following forms, along with the registration fee (€40 for paper filing/€20 for electronic filing), to the CRO within one month of adopting the business name:

  • Form RBN1: for an individual
  • Form RBN1A: for a partnership
  • Form RBN1B: for a body corporate

As it will save you money, you should obviously register your account on Companies Registration Online Environment (CORE).

Before deciding on your business name, you should ensure that the business name that you intend to use is not already registered.  It might also be wise to check that you can register a suitable domain name.

You can check the register of companies and register of business names free of charge using the Search Facility.

You can undertake a search of the trade mark register at the Patents Office.

You should note that registration of a business name:

  • does not give protection against duplication of the name;
  • does not imply that the name will necessarily prove acceptable subsequently as a company name;
  • does not authorise the use of the name if its use could be prohibited for other reasons. It should not for instance be taken as an indication that no rights (e.g. trade marks rights) exist in the name.

Once you have decided on your business name, you are then free to submit your Business Name Registration Form.  The Companies Registration Office provides a detailed guide of how to submit your business name registration form here.

Registering as a Self Employed Person in Ireland

To register as a Self Employed Person in Ireland, you need to either download a copy of the form TR1, or visit the local revenues office to obtain a form TR1.

On this form you will need to know your website URL, business name, telephone number, and PPSN.

When completing the TR1 form, you will usually need to complete the following sections to register as a sole trader: A1, A4, Part B and Sign the Declaration on page 4 of the form.

Most individuals will not need to register for VAT or as an Employer to begin with.  If this changes, you can complete a further TR1 at a later date.  You should then either take the form into your Local Revenue Office or post it off.

You can view guidance notes about completing your tax registration on the Revenue Website.

Step by Step Process of Registering a Self Employed Business in Ireland

To register as a self employed person in the Republic of Ireland, you need to follow a simple route:

  1. Obtain / Register for your PPSN.
  2. Register as a Self Employed Person
  3. Register your Business Name
  4. Register for Revenue Online Services (ROS.IE)
  5. Register your domain name
    1. I offer a very competitive Domain Name Registration Service, with regular special offers.
  6. Setup your Website
    1. See the link to my YouTube channel on the bottom of the page
  7. Keep Accurate Accounting Information
    1. Retain all Receipts
    2. Issue invoices for every sale you make
    3. Keep detailed mileage logs for all travel you make
  8. Register your Business Page on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus
    1. It’s Free
    2. It provides a medium for people to provide an instant sharing platform
    3. It provides a method for customers to give feedback and reviews
    4. Google Plus listings can have a direct bearing on Googles SERPS.
    5. Google Plus listings also link to Google Local Places listings.

A lot of people ask the following question over and over:

“How can I prove that my self employment was genuine?”

The answer is simple:

Advertise your services, Keep a detailed record of all meetings with clients, take photographs of your setup, publish your website, ensure you pay your earned income / money into your bank/PayPal Account.

 

Obviously, you will incur a few charges in setting up your business.  Such as:

  • Business Name Registration
  • Advertising Your Business – Flyers, Google Adsense, ETC
  • Web Hosting / Domain Name (Note: My Free Web Hosting Offer)
  • Stationary (Pens, Pads, Paper, Letterheads, ETC)
  • Business Cards

You also need to remember that a business has requirements for accurate accounts record keeping.

Local Dublin Welfare, INIS, and Revenue Office

The Local Dublin Welfare Office is located on Tara Street.  It is situated over the road from The Irish Times.

Tara Street joins onto Burgh Quay.  Note that INIS (Irish Nationality and Immigration Service) is also situated on Burgh Quay.

On the Google Map below, you will see the following points marked:

  • A: Parnell Street – Intreo Office
  • B: Revenue Office (Tax Office)
  • C: Burgh Quay – INIS
  • D: Tara Street – Welfare Office

Map of Parnell Street, Revenue,, Burgh Quay and Tara Street Revenue Office