This page gives details of the types of payments we make to individuals, community groups and suppliers.
Individuals and companies who supply us with goods and services are paid by either EFT (electronic funds transfer) or cheque.
Our Accounts Payable Section makes payments to suppliers for goods and services. Businesses or individuals who wish to enquire about payments can contact the accounts payable section on the numbers given in the contacts section.
Enquiries regarding grant and loan application or orders for goods/services should be made to the section processing the application or ordering the goods/service (e.g. Housing, Water Services, Environment, Roads, Area Offices etc.)
Ordering and invoicing
All orders for goods/services must be accompanied by a purchase order number which will be provided by the person ordering the goods/services at the time the order is placed.
All invoices should be submitted to the Accounts Payable Section, Westmeath County Council, Civic Offices, Athlone, Co. Westmeath and should quote the purchase order number.
Public Sector Contracts
A condition of obtaining a Public Sector Contract (Section 1095 Taxes Consolidation Act 1997) of a value of €10,000 or more, (inclusive of VAT), within any 12 months period, is that the contractor is required to produce either a valid C2 certificate (see information under ‘download it’) or a general TCC. Such contracts can involve the purchase, hiring, leasing of goods, services or property by public authorities. Examples of the types of goods/services covered in such contracts are plant hire, cleaning or security, consultancies for management, legal or design services.
The tax clearance requirement applies even where the provision of goods or services is not the subject of a formal written contract.
Also under Section 1095, T.C.A. 1997 payment of State/Public Authority grants, subsidies and similar type payments, by Government Departments and public authorities, of a value of €10,000 or more, within any 12 months period, including for example, industrial and farm development grants is subject to the person holding a current general TCC.
If you or your business is likely to exceed this limit, you should ensure that the Accounts Payable section has seen your current tax clearance certificate, as payments are at all times conditional on compliance with this requirement. The original tax clearance certificate may be submitted to the Accounts Payable section or alternatively the certificate can be viewed on the Revenue Commissioners website if you provide us with your customer number from Revenue and your tax clearance certificate number.
If you do not hold a current tax clearance certificate, you can apply for a tax clearance certificate on the Revenue Commissioners website and once received the certificate should be submitted to Accounts Payable which will be returned after being witnessed or alternatively you can provide details of your customer number and tax clearance certificate number which we can then view on the website.
Relevant Contracts Tax
If you are a sub contractor in the construction, forestry or meat processing industries – Relevant Contract Tax (RCT) applies to you. RCT is a system of tax deduction where principal contractors (i.e. Westmeath County Council) deduct tax at 35% from payments to sub contractors from whom a relevant payments card has not been received.
A Principal Contractor/Sub Contractor Declaration Form (RCT 1) must be completed by the sub contractor in respect of all contracts entered into with this council. This form should be submitted to the section by whom the contractor is being engaged (e.g. Housing).
An application form for a payments card (Form RCT 46) should be completed by the sub contractor and presented in person with the sub contractor’s certificate of authorisation (i.e. C2 card) to the Accounts payable section.
If the sub contractor does not wish to present the C2 card in person, he/she has the option to complete Panel B of the application form and post it to the Accounts Payable section. In this case the sub contractor nominates a bank account to which all payments will be made. Westmeath County Council will complete the form and apply to the Inspector of Taxes for a relevant payments card. The relevant payments card is retailed by this Council and all payments made by the Council are recorded on the card.
Sub contractors are subject to the tax clearance certificate regulations as described above and no payments can be made to sub contractors who do not comply with these requirements.
Various Grants are available to both individuals and community groups.
We administer various grants to both individuals and community groups. For more information click on one of the options below:
- Housing Adaptation Grant People with a Disability
- Housing Aid for Older People
- Mobility Aids Grant
- Higher Education Grants
- Local Agenda 21Environmental Partnership Fund
- Anti-litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Initiatives Grants
- Eco Friendly Schools Competition
- 2011 European Year of Volunteering - Special Category Award Grant
- Community Action Scheme Grant
- Tidy Towns Grant
- Resident Associations Grant
- Cathaoirleachs Award Scheme
- Pride of Place for Schools Grant
- Arts Grants
- Well Grants
- Conservation Grants
Wages, salaries and pensions are paid on a fortnightly basis.