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What are Deposit Accounts and Irish Pensions?

Deposit accounts and Irish pensions are the primary financial options available in Ireland. Unlike the UK’s Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), Ireland offers deposit accounts and pension schemes as alternatives.

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Are there any tax implications for US Citizens residing in Ireland?

Yes, there are. US citizens must report worldwide income to the IRS, including interest from Irish deposit accounts. However, it’s important to remember that the US-Ireland tax treaty helps prevent double taxation, allowing you to claim a credit for Ireland’s Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) on your US tax return.

What are Deposit Accounts in Ireland?

Deposit accounts in Ireland are a straightforward way to save money with banks. These accounts offer varying interest rates and terms depending on the bank and the specifics of the account. They are ideal for short-term savings goals like a vacation or a new car.

What are Irish Pensions?

Irish pensions are retirement plans in Ireland, which can be state-provided or personal. State pensions are funded by social insurance contributions during your working life, while personal pensions are often employer-sponsored defined contribution or defined benefit plans. 

The main difference between deposit accounts and pensions is their purpose: deposit accounts are for short-term savings, while pensions are for long-term retirement planning.

What are US expats’ general benefits and obligations using Deposit Accounts and Irish Pensions?


  • Convenient for daily transactions in local currency.
  • Earn interest on savings.
  • Crucial for retirement planning.
  • Helps integrate into the local economy.


  • Interest earned on deposit accounts is subject to DIRT in Ireland.
  • All interest income and pension distributions must be reported on your US tax return.
  • Significant penalties for non-compliance with US tax laws, so timely and accurate reporting is essential.

What are the eligibility and requirements for opening a Deposit Account?

US expats can also open deposit accounts in Ireland. Here are the general requirements:

  • Proof of Identity: Passport or driver’s license.
  • Proof of Address: Utility bill or rental agreement showing your address in Ireland.
  • Personal Public Service (PPS) Number: Some banks may require this unique reference number, which is used to access social welfare benefits, public services, and information in Ireland.

Note that these requirements can vary by bank, so it’s best to check with the specific bank you intend to register with.

Additionally, employer contributions and growth in your pension plan are generally not taxed by the US until you start receiving distributions. Once you receive payments, they are considered income and must be reported on your US tax return.

How do Irish pensions work?

Irish pensions are retirement plans designed to provide income during retirement. There are two main types:

  • State Pensions: Funded by social insurance contributions, providing a basic income in retirement.
  • Private Pensions: Include occupational pensions (employer-sponsored) and personal pensions (self-provided).

For state pensions, you contribute during your working years and receive a regular income upon retirement. For private pensions, contributions come from you and possibly your employer, with payouts depending on contributions and investment growth.

How are Irish pensions treated for US tax purposes?

For US tax purposes, the treatment of Irish pensions depends on the type of pension and specifics of the US-Ireland tax treaty. 

Generally, the US does not tax employer contributions and pension plan growth until distributions begin. When you start receiving pension payments, they are considered income and must be reported on your US tax return.

Why partner with a specialist Expat accountant?

Living outside of the US can make your tax filing requirements complicated. To ensure you pay the minimum amount of taxes, it’s critical to work with an accountant who understands every aspect and avenue for reducing your tax liability. We have a dedicated team of tax accountants who work exclusively with US expats earning and investing in Germany. Partnering with a specialist expat accountant can help you navigate complex tax regulations and optimize your tax situation.


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