Reference costs changed for 32 items in TAMS II

The rate for direct work carried out by farmers themselves will increase from €12.40 per hour to €13.50 per hour, an increase of €1.10, writes Stephen Cadogan

Reference costs changed for 32 items in TAMS II

The rate for direct work carried out by farmers themselves will increase from €12.40 per hour to €13.50 per hour, an increase of €1.10, writes Stephen Cadogan

A review of the reference costs in the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme, TAMS II, has been carried out.

The review identified 32 items where there will be a change in costs.

Of these 32 investments, 18 items will be increased and 14 will be decreased.

The rate for direct work carried out by farmers themselves will increase from €12.40 per hour to €13.50 per hour, an increase of €1.10.

When will the new costs apply?

The revised reference costs will be applicable to approvals that issue after the closure of the current tranche (Tranche 12) which closes for applications on December 7, 2018.

Only applications submitted in this tranche and subsequent tranches will be subject to the revised reference costs.

Under TAMS II, grant aid per investment item is based on the lowest of:

  • 1)The department’s reference costs applicable at the date of approval;
  • 2)The total eligible paid invoices;
  • 3)The cost proposed by the applicant on their application.

The computer system is being updated to include the revised reference costs.

When the update is complete, applications including investments subject to changed reference costs cannot be submitted on the online system.

Such applications will receive an error message on the system.

Who can I ask about my application?

Queries on TAMS in relation to new or recent applications under Tranche 12 may be directed to tams@agriculture.gov.ie or to Lo call number 0761 064452.

What are the reference cost review details?

They are listed in the accompanying table (right).

What are the changes to tax clearance arrangements for TAMS II payment claims?

From Monday, October 15, 2018, all applicants (sole applicants, joint herd owners, companies and registered partnership) wishing to create and submit a payment claim must have registered their tax clearance (eTC) with the department, before a draft payment claim can be created.

Up to now, sole applicants and companies had to register their eTC details with the department before a payment claim could be submitted.

Partnerships and joint herd owners — joint ventures — could upload a copy of their eTC as part of the payment claim.

From Monday, October 15, an applicant/agent cannot create a draft payment claim unless an applicant’s eTC has been pre-registered on CCS.

To register an applicant’s eTC details, the applicant or agent forwards the eTC number and access code to the Local AES office or the office that issues the approval (details are on the approval letter).

If the applicant’s eTC is not registered, the following error message will appear if a draft claim is created — “you must be tax compliant and your tax clearance details must be in recorded with the Department. Please contact the local office detailed on the letter of approval.”

See www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/tams/tamsiisupportdocuments/ for a full list of reference costs.

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