What's New

Applications for new Help to Buy incentive can be made from today, 3 Jan 2017

A new Help to Buy (HTB) incentive was introduced under Budget 2017. It is designed to help first-time buyers of newly built homes to assemble the required deposit. It also applies to once-off self-build homes.

It provides for a refund of income tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) paid over the previous 4 tax years.

It is possible to apply for the scheme from today, 3 January 2017.

Find out more about the Help to Buy incentive.

Warning: Text Messaging Scam

The Citizens Information Board has become aware of mobile phone text messages that ask recipients to renew their Citizens Information Service subscription.

These text messages did not issue from Citizens Information and are a scam.

Citizens Information does not charge for services or operate a subscription system for services.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited text message relating to Citizens Information and who suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it.

Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

Extension of Housing Assistance Payment

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of housing support for people with a long-term housing need. It is administered by local authorities and is being gradually introduced to replace long-term Rent Supplement.

Since 1 December 2016, HAP is available in 9 further counties – Cavan, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

Read more about HAP.