Department of Social Protection
Published on 8 November 2019
Last updated on 16 March 2023
You can apply for a Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) refund if the wrong PRSI rate has been paid from your wages or income.
Applications can be made for the last 4 complete tax years.
You may be due a PRSI refund if:
For more examples see the related guidelines.
For employees, the quickest way to apply is online at MyWelfare.
To do this you must register for a Public Services Card
(PSC) and connect your mobile phone with this card.
For certain types of refund, additional documents are required. These can be uploaded with your online application.
If you cannot use the online system, you can download and complete an application form for Employee Refund of PRSI contributions (PRSI REF1).
Application Form: Employee Refund of PRSI contributions (PRSI REF1)
Completed forms can be posted to:
Employers who want to apply for a refund on behalf of themselves or employees can download and complete an application form for Employer Refund of PRSI contributions (PRSI REF2).
Application Form: Employer Refund of PRSI contributions (PRSI REF2)
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.
Operational Guidelines: PRSI - PRSI Refunds Section.
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