How To Be The Boss – the essential guide to Employer Taxes & Obligations

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Welcome to “How to be the Boss – the essential guide to Employers Taxes & Obligations”

You may be a start-up, a contractor, freelancer or considering becoming self-employed and the one thing you all have in common is that at some point in your business journey you may want or need to expand and take on employees. Or you may be a company director that now finds themselves in a position of accidently becoming an employee. You are now the boss to yourself, to someone else or perhaps the boss to many! You may also be a budding bookkeeper or accountant looking for a refresher to in Employer taxes and obligations so this is the perfect place to begin. Simply want to learn how how define when someone is an employee?………then this is the perfect course for you.

Areas covered in the course:

  • How to register as an employer
  • The contract of service versus the contract of service
  • The employee contract
  • Registering a new employee
  • The payroll process
  • Employee entitlements to payslips
  • Downloading Revenue Payroll instruction
  • How to reconcile the employers tax liability
  • Agreeing the monthly statement
  • Paying your employers tax liability
  • BIK – an introduction
  • Small benefits – tax free additions
  • Other considerations such as statutory sick pay and public holiday pay
  • Annual leave entitlements
  • When it’s time to call in the cavalry – the HR support
  • The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should you do this course?

Being an employer can seem complex so understanding the essential foundations to how it works is an absolute must. Employee rights have never been more contentious an issue than now so we implore anyone looking to become an employer to undertake this short course. Employer tax administration can also be laborious but this course guides you on how to make this a breeze. Revenue takes the operation and administration of Employer taxes very seriously so it has never been more important than now to understand the obligations of the employer.

Who is this course for?

This bespoke course is for business owners, contractors, freelancers, bookkeepers, accountants or anyone with an interest in Employer taxes and obligations and its’ administration. Ideal for anyone looking for a career shake up as it will give you an edge over your competition! Our courses tick all those tax vocational boxes.

What will you learn?

After completing this course you will have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Irish Employment law. You will also recognise when a business is legally obliged to register as an employer and how to register your employees using Revenue Online Services (ROS). And most importantly you will be completely confident that you are being 100% compliant in all areas of being an employer and what records should be retained.

Will this course make me a qualified payroll technician?

No. This course is not designed to train you in how to be a payroll technician. As with all our courses, this is designed to form a foundation to understanding taxes, and in this case, employment taxes. We educate you in all the important areas of being an employer and help you avoid an unnecessary run-in with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

Are Clever Burdy courses tax deductible for my business?

If your course has been purchased to enhance your tax knowledge and to improve or further your business then you can claim the full cost of purchasing your Clever Burdy course as a tax deductible business expense.

Can you claim any CPD accredited hours?

Yes all our tax courses are CPD accredited. For this course you will earn 2 CPD hours

How long does this online course take to complete?

This course takes approx 90 minutes of online viewing plus 30 mins to complete your self-assessment quiz but as this is a self-paced course, you can take your time and simply re-watch any section you want to cover again.

Can the course I purchased only be viewed once?

Absolutely not. When you purchase an online course via the Clever Burdy online learning portal you will have uninterrupted access to your course for 6 months / 180 days from the date your purchase is made.

I enrolled on the Business Taxes 101 course so is this course for me?

If you purchased and completed the Business Taxes 101 course then we do not recommend you purchase this course unless you need a complete refresher. The content of this blitz style course is covered in the Business Taxes 101 course.

Is follow up included with Clever Burdy courses?

Traditionally we have never had any course attendees contact us after completion of their course as our courses are designed to be a One-Stop-Shop to answer all your burning questions. We do provide a separate advisory service for anybody that would like to have a 1-2-1 talk with us related to their business. Details of our advisory and mentoring packages are under the services tab on

Tax sometimes changes so will you be kept informed of anything that affects course content?

At Clever Burdy we are super aware that an element of tax could change overnight that may be contradictory to something mentioned in your course. We keep on top of any changes and issue any updates notes to highlight anything you should note in your manual. We also try to edit in changes when possible to do so and we try to record our courses once a year to keep your tax learning fresh, up to date and most importantly……..correct!