Good evening !
I would like some help / information on the following situation:
I started to work and paying taxes to Ireland in May10. I have 2 children aged 7 and 5 living in Portugal with mother , as I am in Norway (working for an Irish company).
Applied for child benefit (in Oct11 - documents were not received by services) and respective arrears since I started paying taxes in May10. After a Long period of sending /receiving documents, finally my claim was aproved, but only since 01Dec2012, as arrears were not validated (reason is that I should have applied within 12 months of starting working in Ireland) I really need help on this situation , as I'm sending every month around 400-500 eur to support my children and was expecting the arrears to be aproved since I started working (May10).
Now I have about 12 days to appeal to the Deciding officer, regarding the arrears, giving a "Good Cause" for it.
The main reason I have for being late on request , is that I didn't knew that I was entitled to child benefit from Ireland, and even after gathering some information from colleagues, this informations was very contradictory and unclear.
Could you please advise me on what to do?
Thank you so much for your attention Best regards Cid
This is an important subject for me, therefore I would like to keep waiting for answer, as quickly as you can.
Thanks for assistance
We will try to find a legal professional for you.
Like I said before , It is Extremelly important for me to have an answer for this problem, and of course as quickly as possible as I have about 4 days to send appealing letter to deciding officer.
So I guess i will continue waiting for your answer,
Dear Mr. Buachaill
I really appreciate your answer, and hopefully some allegations I use will be enough for the deciding officer's clarification.Even knowing that "ignorance of the law" is bot a lawful basis, and that on the Welfare site it's said that " .. The Department publishes information leaflets as widely as possible and advertises changes of legislation in the National Press. Information Offices are available throughout the country for people to make enquiries as to their entitlements..." , I was moving my "entire" life to Norway and never had the chance to go to Ireland or to give that much importance to this matter, as I never thought I would be entitled to (as father , with mother living in Portugal with kids). Apart from that, In those first months I barely managed to survive in Norway, as it is a really expensive country and I didn't wanted my children to pay for my "difficulties", so every month since the beginning I'm sending 400 euro to Portugal (around 1/3 of my salary)... I wasn't really focused on small details but worried only about putting my life straight here.Do you think that in such situation, It will have any Importance on the officer's decision if i mention this , or it will just make situation "worse" ?Thank you very much for your reply, as it made me a bit less "worried" and for sure my feedback will be very good.
Once again, many thanks
I was just emphasysing that I work in Norway , as life costs are much expensive here. But in fact I work in a Irish Company (Ryanair) and all my discounts are for Ireland ( Norway is where I'm based in ).Thank you so much for these usefull tips and hopefully I don't need your services anymore, but if I do I'll know I'll get good advise.
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