09 Apr, 2024

Time is running out to apply for BISS

The Basic Income Support Scheme (BISS) was launched last year to replace the BPS from previous years. The deadline to apply for the scheme is the 15th of May this year. 

This is one of the most important dates for farmers in the farming year. This is the deadline for declaring the land you are farming in the year 2024 and, therefore, receive your BISS monies in Oct/Dec. 

As shown in numerous farming reports, BISS is crucial to the financial viability of many farms in Ireland. It can be an incredibly stressful time for farmers if this application is incorrect and monies are withheld next Oct/Dec. The following are some basic questions farmers should be asking themselves and their Agri advisors before submitting their applications:

  1. Am I farming more / less land than last year?

  2. Am I leasing in / out land that wasn’t previously on application?

  3. If leasing in / out new land have I leased in /out the BISS correctly with this land?

  4. Have you bought / sold / inherited / gifted land in last year – Have I transferred in BISS correctly? 

  5. Have I declared all of the land I am farming correctly on my BISS application

  6. Have I changed farming structure – Limited Company, Registered Farm Partnership, Joint herd number?
    a. If so, I MUST transfer BISS to the new structure. Always seek your accountant’s advice on HOW to transfer BPS so as not to incur taxes inadvertently.
    b. Have I declared all of the land correctly in the name of the new business structure?


The best advice I can give farmers at this time when completing a BISS application is as follows:

  1. Employ a good agri advisor to help you complete your application. This is money very well spent considering the importance of the payment to the financial well-being of the farm. 

  2. If transferring BISS to a new entity (LTD, partnership, joint herd, family member etc) please ensure that BOTH your accountant and Agri Advisor are aware of what’s happening. One of the most common mistakes with farmers changing business structure is neither their accountant nor agri advisor is aware of what each one applying for. This can have very serious impacts on both Revenue and Dept. Of Agriculture and could result in significant taxes and losses in BISS if completed incorrectly.

  3. Give yourself time – do not leave this application until the last minute and complete on the 15th May. 


In ifac, it is standard practice that we consult with our client's Agri Advisors in times of change in the farm to ensure that BPS is not jeopardised in any way and also ensure no undue taxes are incurred in the change. 

Note: This year, the Department of Agri require all applications to be made online. The Department of Agri is running a number of helplines nationwide to assist farmers in this regard.