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Irish Income Tax

In general, nearly all income is liable to tax and Tax on income, that you earn from employment is deducted from your wages by your employer on behalf of the Irish Government, which is known as Pay As You Earn (PAYE). The amount of tax to pay depends on the amount of the income and on a personal circumstance. The first part of your income, up to €33,800, is taxed at 20%. This is known as the standard rate of tax and the amount that it applies to is known as the standard rate tax band. The remainder of income is taxed at the higher rate of tax, 41% in 2016. There are eventually a range of income tax reliefs available that can reduce the amount of tax that you have to pay. All taxes are the responsibility of the employer.

The Universal Social Charge (USC) is a tax on your income, which is charged on a gross income before any pension contributions or PRSI*. It is not allowed to use tax credits or tax relief (except for certain capital allowances) to reduce the amount you must pay for social security. Find out more in our document by clicking on the Universal Social Charge.

Expats working in Ireland but employed and paid from a foreign country (not the UK) who does not remit the money to Ireland will not be taxed on it in Ireland.

Tax return deadline is on 31st of October following the year of assessment. Employer will provide you with Certificate of Pay, tax, Pay-Related Social Insurance, Universal Social Charge and Local Property Tax Year End, form P30.


Tax Changes in 2017

There are several changes applied in Tax System of Ireland for 2017. Depending on relationship status the taxes vary from 20% to 42%. Please see following changes:

Not married Married
With children
  • Income up to 32,000€ taxed at 20%
  • Income more than 32,000€ taxed at 42%
Both are employed | only one is employed

  • Income up to 37,000€ taxed at 20%
  • Income more than 37,000€ taxed at 42%


Without children
  • Income up to 28,000€ taxed at 20%
  • Income more than 28,000 taxed at 42%


Calculate your net income:

Please note, that this calculation took into a consideration just a very basic pieces of information of yours and the result might vary significantly. Contact us for detailed and precise calculation or let us know by filling a form and will call you back. Contact us for an exact calculation.

Notice of determination of tax credits and standard rate cut-off point

At the start of the tax year, the Revenue Commissioners will send you a Notice of determination of tax credits and standard rate cut-off point, which shows the rate of tax that applies to your income and the tax credits that reduce the tax payable. Revenue will also send a summary of this certificate to your employer so that your employer can deduct the correct amount of tax and just in case that your circumstances change during the year Revenue will issue a revised certificate.

In case of changing job or starting work for the first time, and your employer has not received this information from Revenue or a previous employer, you will be taxed on a temporary basis called emergency tax. Please click here for further information about tax and starting work or changing job.

For further details, you can use one of the Lo-call numbers to contact Revenue or find more detailed contact details for your region here.

Start Contracting in Ireland Guide:

Contracting in Ireland
Contracting in Ireland
 Capital  Dublin
 Population  Approx. 6.4 million
 Language  English, Irish
 Currency  1 Euro (EUR) = 100 cents
 Government  Republic