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As we surpass the four-month mark since the implementation of Enhanced Reporting Requirements (ERR) in Ireland, many employers are navigating through the complexities of compliance. Initiated on January 1, 2024, ERR mandates real-time reporting of specific non-taxable benefits, a significant shift aimed at enhancing transparency and efficiency in payroll processing. In this post, we explore the impact of these changes, the experiences of Irish businesses, and provide guidance for continued compliance.

What is ERR?

ERR requires real-time reporting of three main types of non-taxable payments:

  • Remote Working Daily Allowance (RWDA): Up to €3.20 per day to cover additional costs incurred by employees working from home.
  • Small Benefits Exemption (SBE): Non-cash benefits like vouchers, up to €1,000 per year, which are tax-free under certain conditions.
  • Travel and Subsistence (T&S): Reimbursements for travel costs and meals related to business travel, which are not taxed under specific limits.

These categories are now subject to stringent reporting requirements through the Revenue Online Service (ROS), necessitating submissions on or before the payment date.

Key Insights from the Field

Adaptation and Compliance Challenges

Businesses are required to adapt their payroll systems to accommodate the real-time submission of ERR data. This adaptation involves significant updates to existing systems to ensure accurate and timely data transmission. The first three months have highlighted several challenges:

  • Technological Adjustments: Many companies have had to update their payroll systems significantly to facilitate new reporting capabilities.
  • Administrative Burden: The need to report specific benefits in real-time has significantly increased the workload for payroll departments, particularly in documenting and processing each payment category correctly.

Benefits of ERR

Despite the challenges, the shift towards ERR brings several benefits:

  • Improved Compliance: Real-time data transmission helps both businesses and the Revenue to ensure all payments are recorded accurately, reducing the likelihood of errors and discrepancies.
  • Operational Efficiency: Automating the reporting process minimizes manual entry errors and streamlines payroll operations.
  • Data Transparency: Enhanced reporting leads to better oversight of taxable and non-taxable benefits, which can aid in more strategic financial planning and reporting.

Practical Advice for Employers

  1. System Review: Audit your current payroll systems to identify any gaps in compliance capabilities. Engage with IT and software experts to ensure your systems are fully equipped to meet the new demands.
  2. Process Reengineering: Consider how benefits are administered to align with ERR reporting requirements. This may involve shifting from ad-hoc reimbursements to scheduled payment cycles.
  3. Training and Support: Provide ongoing training for your payroll team on ERR specifics and updates. Ensure everyone involved is well-informed about the changes and knows how to handle them effectively.
  4. Stay Informed: Regularly consult updates from Revenue and legal advisories to stay abreast of any changes or additional requirements as ERR evolves.

How Jefferson Payroll Can Help

At Jefferson Payroll, we understand the intricacies of these new reporting requirements and are committed to assisting your business in achieving full compliance with ERR. Our experts are equipped with state-of-the-art systems and up-to-date knowledge to ensure that your payroll operations meet Revenue’s standards effortlessly.


The introduction of Enhanced Reporting Requirements is a significant development in Ireland’s payroll compliance landscape. By embracing these changes, businesses can not only improve their compliance posture but also benefit from increased operational efficiency and data accuracy. With Jefferson Payroll by your side, navigating these new waters will be straightforward and secure.