So… things are beginning to look a bit like spring, so isn’t it time for you to think about making use of the government bike scheme… here are the details…
The government have put in place a scheme for employers to buy bikes for their employees. Before tax. This means that if you are lucky enough to be on the top rate of tax, you can essentially get new bike at 45% off. You can also get reflectors, locks and other bike accessories.
Think of it like this, take the top €1,000 of your wages (the one over €35,400 and so in top rate of tax-41% plus 4% prsi, more if your a civil servant). When paying it to you the employer they give you €550 and the tax man €450. Instead your employer can spend €1000 on a bike, and give it to you. The shop owner still gets the €1000, but you only lose out by €550. The one who loses out? The taxman!
If you only pay the lower rate of tax, the same thing applies, but you will only be saving €250.
If you only want to spend a smaller amount, that’s fine too. Any number up to €1,000 is ok.
Whats the catch? New bikes only! And from a shop/supplier who is tax registered, and of your employers choosing. Most of the big bike suppliers have schemes in place to make it easy for your employer though.
You need your employer to administrate the scheme, and it is voluntary for them, so you have to explain to them that it won’t cost them a penny, just a bit of administrative hassle!
Your employer doesn’t have to pay employers PRSI on the money, so saving between 8.5% and 10.75% of the money spent.
You can only make use of the scheme once every 5 years.
Electric bikes are eligible. Electric bikes are limited to those with an electric motor with a maximum rated power of 0.25 kilowatts and a max speed of 25 km/h
You also need to use a bike shop who has registered for tax. No Swedish imports for you!
The Greens have put together a nice little website here
Raleigh have a good site here