1. Since 2010, the position in relation to tax treatment of cohabiting couples has changed and you will now be able to claim the benefit of your partner's share of the rural renewal relief exemption. This is because of the passing of the 2010 Civil Partnership and Rights of Cohabitants Act and associated tax changes in the Income TAx Act. You should go back and seek to have the benefit of the rural renewal relief applied to you. See if you can get it backdated for the last number of years. the interpretation of the Irish Income TAx code must accord with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights which requires that the STate have respect for family life and treat all couples living together in a similar manner.
Thank you for that. I contacted somebody in Revenue regarding this.The problem here is we are not registered in a Civil Partnership. We are just a co-habitating couple so we are treated as two single people. However, the Departement of Social Protection insist on treating us as one entity when being assessed for a medical card/GP Card for my partner. Do you think this right under EU Human rights laws?