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The Irish Budget Summary 2017

October 12, 2016 Latest News 0 Comment

Good afternoon and long time since we last communicated. The summer holidays are over and tax season is upon us.

This week the focus will be on Budget 2017. We also have included an article on how to manage stress at work in light of it being mental health week.

Budget 2017

Budget 2017 Tax Rates Screenshot

Download your PDF copy of The Budget Summary 2017

This budget was flagged well in advance so there are few surprises. There were small USC change and other measures that tinkered with Entrepreneurs Capital gains Tax relief, Foreign Earnings Deduction, relief for Raised Bogs etc. The biggest changes seemed to come in the area of tax administration.

2017 will see changes in the operation of PAYE and a new offshore assets style enforcement campaign. As normal the detail will be contained in next week’s Finance Bill.

Per Mark Barrett President of the Irish Tax Institute

“An overall analysis of the personal tax system post Budget 2017 gives us further evidence that we need to reform our regime in the medium to long term. The personal tax system is becoming increasingly skewed, with middle and high income earners accounting for an even greater percentage of the overall personal tax take after the Budget. Post this Budget, workers on €35,000 will pay 12.5 times the tax of someone on €18,000; it was 10.9 times before the budget. Workers on €75,000 will pay over 51 time the tax of someone on €18,000; up from a multiple of 44 times the tax prior to the budget”.

INCOME TAX, PRSI AND USC

  •  USC to be reduced for low and middle income earners.
  • The Earned Income Credit will increase to €950 and the self-employed PRSI contributor will now get access to more social welfare benefits.

CORPORATION TAX AND ANTI-AVOIDANCE

  • Ireland committed to retaining the 12.5% corporation tax rate
  • Some measures were introduced to tackle offshore tax evasion and non-compliance.

CAPITAL TAXES

  • Enhancement to entrepreneurs’ relief
  • Increases in each of the tax free thresholds for capital acquisitions tax

HOUSING

Tax measures being introduced to try and ease the housing crisis. Whether these prove positive in the long run time will tell. The historic results from tinkering with the property market have not always been positive.

Measures range from

  • New income tax rebate for first- time buyers saving for a deposit to buy a new house
  • Phased restoration of the 100 percent deduction for mortgage interest in the calculation of taxable rents for landlords.

AGRICULTURE

Tax measures announced to assist with the economic difficulties faced by those operating in the farming and fishing sectors

VAT, EXCISE AND OTHER TAX MEASURES

VAT remained unchanged

BREXIT

The UK’s decision to leave the EU was highlighted as a risk to the Irish economy given the proximity and trade between both nations. The minister stated that the budget has therefore been ‘Brexit-proofed’.

NEW AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE SCHEME

New affordable childcare scheme will be for children between six months and 15 years. All existing subsidised schemes will be replaced with a single system of targeted and universal payments to help with the cost of childcare.

  1. The first subsidy will be means-tested and for children aged between six months and 15 years. Up to approximately €8,000 a year will paid directly to the childcare provider which must be registered with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Amount depends on income levels and number of hours in childcare.
    1. The cut-off point for eligibility will be a net household income of €47,500.
    2. Parents’ marital status will have no effect on how net household income is calculated.
  2. Universal subsidy payable to parents of children aged six months to three years, of up to €80 per month. This will be dependent on how many hours the child is in childcare.

Download your PDF copy of The Budget Summary 2017

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