Applications for supports under the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) are now open.
This week Revenue invited eligible businesses, who have successfully completed registration, to begin submitting claims under the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).
The claims portal is available via the eRepayments system on Revenue’s Online Service (ROS). Payments of 40% of the increase in the value of energy bills in the period 1 September 2022 to 28 February 2023 (when compared with the same billing periods 12 months previously) can now be claimed by eligible businesses.
Payments in relation to September, October and November of this year could be made by the end of the year if businesses register and claim by the third week of December.
Businesses who intend submitting a claim are reminded that a necessary first step is completion of registration via the e-Registration facility in ROS.
Over 3,200 businesses have already successfully registered for the TBESS. Successful registrants will hold a current tax clearance certificate and will have provided details of their trade and profession, together with details of their business electricity and/or natural gas account, as well as, where applicable, the percentage of energy use which can be attributed directly to the carrying on of their business.
To make a claim via the portal, a business will need all electricity and natural gas bills for the reference period of 1 September 2021 to 28 February 2022. A business will also require an energy bill covering a period or periods after 1 September 2022 to make a claim. Energy bills from 1 September 2022 will be compared with bills from the corresponding reference period to determine if the qualifying increase of 50% or more in their average unit price is evident.
The value of payments under the scheme will be subject to a monthly cap of €10,000, although this may rise to a maximum of €30,000 if a business operates from multiple locations, subject to certain criteria. Businesses making claims will also have to confirm their bank account details and will be required to make a declaration that the qualifying conditions of the scheme are satisfied.
Guidance & Calculator
With the availability of the claims portal, Revenue has updated its detailed guidance on the TBESS, to include screenshots from the TBESS claims portal and further guidance on making claims. Revenue has also updated the ‘Understanding your bill’ guide, to help businesses with identifying bill information required for the purpose of making a claim.
To assist businesses, Revenue has launched a TBESS Calculator on the Revenue website. In the calculator, a business can enter details of current and reference period energy bills to calculate the potential amount of a payment under the scheme.
Qualifying claims will be paid once the enabling legislation in Finance Bill 2022 has been signed into law later this month. In accordance with legislation, Revenue will publish details of recipients of TBESS on our website.