How to get a tax clearance certificate

A Tax Clearance Certificate ( cert ) is confirmation from the Revenue Commissioners ( Irish tax office ) that a person’s tax affairs are up to date at the date of issue of the Certificate.

The certs are online so can be withdrawn at any stage so you need to be careful to keep your affairs up to date.

This is a guide on how to apply online for your tax clearance cert for a sole trader or company.


Go to the Revenue Commissioners website


Click on Tax Clearance.


Click on Apply for tax clearance certificate.


Enter your Name if you are self-employed and then click on Individual or;

Name of the company if it is company and then click on Company.

Enter your tax number and click on tax which that number relates to: VAT, IT/CT, PAYE Employer. Then click on Continue. Your tax number is your PPS number if you are a sole trader. if you have a limited company you will have a seperate number.


Most sole traders and Companies are not in a VAT Group or you are not registered for VAT at all.

So click on No and then click on Continue.


If there is no shareholder owning more than 50% or you don’t know this information just click on No and then click on Continue.


Click on No and then click on Continue.


If it is not for any specific purpose indicated there like Grant Application etc. then, click on Voluntary and click on Continue.


Enter your contact details, if Revenue wants to contact you:

your Name,
capacity: Individual, Director, Secretary, Tax Agent etc.,
your phone number.
Then click on Finish.


This is Summary of your Application with all your details you have entered.

Double-check if there are no errors, like check your name name spelling and tax number.

If all the details are correct print this page for your records and then click on Confirm.


This is confirmation page. Print this page or write down the confirmation number and the date for your records.

If you don’t receive your tax clearance certificate in next 5 days, phone your local Revenue Office and ask them. Revenue will ask you for the confirmation number and date to double check it for you.