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What is a preferential loan?
A 'preferential loan' is a loan made by an employer to an employee, or the spouse of an employee, in respect of which no interest is payable or the interest is payable at a rate lower than the Revenue specified rate.
Current Specified Rates:
PAYE, USC & PRSI is applied to the difference (interest rate saving) between the interest applied by the employer in the tax year and the amount of interest which would have been payable in the tax year if the loan had been subject to the specified rate.
To access this utility go to Employees, select the employee in question from the listing and click Benefits on the menu toolbar, followed by Loan.
1) Description - enter a description of the loan.
2) Type - indicate whether the loan is a qualifying home loan or other loan.
3) Loan amount - enter the value of the loan being provided.
Please note, the amount entered should be the original loan amount if it was made this tax year or the loan amount outstanding at the start of the tax year.
If the period of the loan is for less than one tax year, you should enter the average outstanding for the portion of this tax year that the loan is active.
4) Interest rate - enter the interest rate percentage being charged on the loan.
5) Start Date - enter the start date of the loan.
6) End Date - enter the end date of the loan if the loan expires before 31st December.
7) Click Save to save the Benefit In Kind entry.
The 'Notional Pay' will be added to the employee's gross income each pay period to ensure that the correct PAYE, Universal Social Charge and PRSI are charged.
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