The Irish Tax System Explained

If you follow us on Facebook, you will have seen many posts that say healthcare assistants can expect to pay 7% in taxes, and many people have sent us messages asking how is this possible. Many tell us that they have done the research, and the tax rate is 20% and not 7%.

So in this blog, we are going to explain how the Irish Tax System works. 

The Irish tax system is different from most EU countries and works on a tax credit system. 

When you first register your employment in Ireland, you will be issued a Tax Credit Certificate, which can differ based on your circumstances. 

For example, a single person will receive a tax credit of €3,400, whereas a single parent or a married person with just one person working will receive a tax credit of €4,950.

Once they have established your tax credit, this will be divided by the number of times you will be paid in the current tax year. 

So, for example, if you get paid monthly and start your new position in Ireland at the beginning of April, you will receive nine paycheques in the current tax year. So, your tax credit of €3,400 will be divided by 9, resulting in a monthly credit of €283.33

When your monthly tax is calculated, €283.33 will be deducted from your tax bill, and the remainder is what you will owe. 

Below is an example of a tax calculation for a single person, earning €25,000 per annum, starting work in Ireland for the first time, and being paid monthly.

Your 2022 income tax

Gross income. €25,000
Tax payable€25,000 @ 20% €5,000 €0 @ 40% €0
Total tax liability  €5,000
Personal tax credits (less) €3,400
Net tax due €1,600
PRSI    €1,000
Universal social charge    €412
Total deductions€3,012
Annual disposable income€21,988
Monthly disposable income€1,832

Based on the above example of a single person earning €25,000 per annum, the actual tax paid each month would effectively be 6.4%, and total deductions, including your health cover, would be 12%. Resulting in take-home pay after all deductions of €1,832 per month, and with a little overtime, you could take this over €2,000 per month.



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