What farmers need to have done before submitting a TAMS II payment claim
Farmers who have completed their approved TAMS II investments are being urged by the Department of Agriculture to submit their claim for payments to the online system immediately to allow for payment to issue.
The online claim system has been open since July 2016 and the Department is urging all farmers who have completed their investments under TAMS II to submit their claim for payments to the online system as soon as they are in a position to do so to.
To date, over 4,000 approvals have issued for the various TAMS II measures:
Payment claims submitted in line with all the requirements of the scheme terms and conditions, including those related to tax clearance and the completion, where required, of a farm safety course will be processed for payment as soon as possible.
- Ensure that all supporting documents are submitted and each document is to the required standard.
- Only receipts relevant to the investments are included with the payment claim.
- Only dimensions/quantities that are completed/found are quoted on the payment claim.
- Ensure investments are completed in line with specifications.
- Ensure that any tax clearance in respect of the applicant and relevant contractor is in order.
Farm Safety Code of Practice
Under the terms and conditions of TAMS, it is mandatory that all applicants have completed within the last five years prior to the date of application or the submission of their claim for payment the half day Farm Safety Code of Practice or have completed the Green Cert.
In the case of a Registered Farm Partnership or a company the course must have been completed by the young farmer.
In the case of an application from two eligible young farmers in a registered farm partnership only one of the applicants needs to have completed the course.
Farmers are advised that claim for payment will not be processed until evidence of completion of the course is provided.
Inaccuracies or omissions in the payment claim and supporting documentation may result in non payment, part payment or penalties being applied.
Full details of the TAMS II terms and conditions are available on the Departments website.