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So how will the budget changes affect the PAYE worker in 2013?

No surprise in the fact that the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan delivered a tough budget on Wednesday 5th December, but what are the main changes that will impact the PAYE worker for 2013? We have outlined them below:


Top ten budget changes to affect the PAYE worker

Top ten changes in the budget for the PAYE worker - CareerWise Recruitment


  • INCOME TAX  – There were no changes to the Income Tax rates, no reduction in income tax credits and no adjustments to the tax bands.
  • UNIVERSAL SOCIAL CHARGE – The only change to USC is for pensioners. The reduced rate of USC for those over 70 years of age with an income in excess of €60,000 will be discontinued from 1 January 2013 and the standard rates of USC will apply.
  • PRSI – the € 127 weekly PRSI allowance has been abolished.
  • PENSION CHANGES – From 1 January 2014 tax relief on pension contributions will be allowable where the pension schemes will deliver income up to €60,000 per annum. An individual will now be allowed a once-off option to withdraw up to 30% of the value of additional voluntary contributions (AVCs) pre-retirement. Withdrawals will be liable to tax at the individual’s marginal rate. This option will be available for 3 years from the passing of the Finance Bill 2013.
  • TERMINATION PAYMENTS – Top Slicing Relief will no longer be available from 1 January 2013 on ex-gratia lump sums in respect of termination and severance payments where the non-statutory payment is €200,000 or over.
  • BIK AND PREFERENTIAL LOANS – From 1 January 2013 the specified interest rate used in calculating the taxable benefit for preferential loans will increase from 12.5% to 13.5%.
  • MATERNITY BENEFIT – Maternity benefit will be taxable for all claimants with effect from 1 July 2013. This benefit is not liable to USC.
  • OTHER INCOMES – With effect from 1st January 2014 PAYE employees will be subject to PRSI on their unearned income including rental, investment, dividends and bank deposit interest.
  • MORTGAGE INTEREST RELIEF – Enhanced mortgage interest relief introduced in last year’s budget will end on 31 December 2012. Thereafter anyone who purchases a new residential property will no longer qualify for mortgage interest relief.
  • HOME LOANS – The specified rate used to calculate the taxable benefit from home loans will decrease from 5% to 4%.


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