# prsi - Tuesday 1 January, 2013
Child benefit cuts, respite carer grant cuts and motor tax increases.
Happy New Year! Here’s the nine things you need to know as you begin the first morning of 2013.
# prsi - Friday 28 December, 2012
The Small Firms Association makes optimistic prediction for 2013 – *but only if SMEs are “placed at the heart of economic policy”.
# prsi - Wednesday 12 December, 2012
# prsi - Tuesday 11 December, 2012
# prsi - Sunday 9 December, 2012
“I think it is and it has to be,” Labour TD Colm Keaveney said when asked whether child benefit was still up for negotiation in the Budget.
# prsi - Saturday 8 December, 2012
How many houses will have to pay the ‘mansion tax’? And who could find that Budget 2013 has been generous to them?
# prsi - Thursday 6 December, 2012
Michael Noonan says paying €5.08 extra a week for a guaranteed pension is “the best value anyone will ever get”.
The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?
It’s the morning after the €3.5 billion day before… so let’s bring you up to speed. Good morning!
# prsi - Wednesday 5 December, 2012
The Budget will see the abolition of the PRSI-free allowance, meaning all employee income is hit at 4 per cent.
# prsi - Tuesday 4 December, 2012
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
# prsi - Saturday 1 December, 2012
The Budget is days away and though there has been fewer leaks than last year there’s plenty of speculation. This is what we can expect on Wednesday… definitely, maybe.
# prsi - Thursday 29 November, 2012
One dentist has warned that we may be returning to the days of extractions and dentures.
# prsi - Sunday 18 November, 2012
Our focus should be making Ireland the best small country in the world to be unemployed, says Tom Boland.
# prsi - Friday 16 November, 2012
The employers’ group publishes a survey saying almost half of all firms believe paying sick employees could affect their sustainability.
# prsi - Monday 22 October, 2012
The business group says plans to increase PRSI or make employers cover sick will hamper job creation.
# prsi - Thursday 11 October, 2012
The party says it has identified €13 billion which can be sourced to create jobs, improve competitiveness and increase productivity.
# prsi - Sunday 16 September, 2012
The Budget, property tax, abortion, bank debt, Luke Ming Flanagan’s t-shirts and James Reilly’s statements – some of what we can expect as the Dáil returns this week.
# prsi - Friday 24 August, 2012
The nine stories you need to know as you start your day.
Despite earlier promises that PRSI contributions for self-employed people would be reformed, the Department of Social Protection says it would have “significant financial implications”.
# prsi - Monday 2 July, 2012
# prsi - Thursday 31 May, 2012
Patricia Callan of the Small Firms Association says in order to encourage entrepreneurs, self-employed people should get as much protection as their employees if a business fails.
# prsi - Thursday 5 April, 2012
Welfare fraud inspectors will be deployed to all entry and exit points to the country.
# prsi - Friday 2 March, 2012
The deficit rose slightly in the first two months of this year when compared to figures for the same period in 2011.
# prsi - Thursday 2 February, 2012
The Department of Social Protection has handed back over €10 million so far to taxpayers who were overcharged – but now it’s getting swamped with enquiries.
# prsi - Monday 30 January, 2012
Thousands of people were due an average refund of €385 each after paying a health levy they were not liable for.
# prsi - Wednesday 7 December, 2011
We have a quick look at the measures approved by the Dáil last night, and check which ones have come into effect already.
# prsi - Tuesday 6 December, 2011
Con Traas owns a small business in south Tipperary and is concerned about the effect of the rise in VAT rate.
# prsi - Monday 5 December, 2011
The govt is increasing the qualifying number of PRSI payments for a Widow(er)’s and the Surviving Civil Partner’s contributory pensions from 156 to 520.
# prsi - Thursday 10 November, 2011
Irish Dental Association also highlights the fact that the HSE post of Chief Dental Officer has been lying idle for TEN years.
# prsi - Wednesday 5 October, 2011
Michael McGrath says the government’s pension levy isn’t being used on job creation – but the government disagrees.
# prsi - Monday 18 July, 2011
The Government’s €473million programme gives out money to companies whether they create jobs or not. If we weren’t broke before we will be soon, writes economist Michael Taft.
# prsi - Wednesday 9 March, 2011
A concrete manufacturing firm made a settlement of over €7.5m as those who avoided tax were named and shamed by the Revenue Commissioners yesterday.
# prsi - Wednesday 8 December, 2010
Self-employed single people earning over €200,150 a year will be better off in 2011, thanks to generous reform of the PRSI system.
# prsi - Tuesday 7 December, 2010
What will it mean for you? Here’s our guide to all the hidden nasties in today’s Budget.
# prsi - Friday 13 August, 2010
UNIONS HAVE called on the government to be fair when considering how to get more people to contribute to the social insurance fund, RTÉ reports
They have said that the government must bear in mind how much a lower-paid person is able to pay, and that the scheme must return guaranteed benefits.
The statement comes as the state announced plans for the co-called universal social contribution fund into which everyone in society would be required to pay contributions – even on “unearned income” like investments and share options.
The Department of Social Protection are considering:
- Standardising PRSI between employees and self-employed workers – the self-employed currently pay 3% PRSI, others 4%
- Reforming employers’ PRSI to lower the cost of employees earning less than €500 a week
- Introducing a minimum earnings threshold for access to the full range of PRSI benefits, and
- Abolishing the PRSI ceiling of €7,500
Paddy Keating of IMPACT said PRSI payments ought to be made on non-earned income like share options and rental income, however he stressed that this should be done on a equitable basis.
Both the the Irish Property Owners Association and the Small Firms Association (SFA) were less enthusiastic about the proposals.
The Irish Landlords Association said that such new costs would could stretch some landlords to the limit and may force them out of business, which would result in the value of the rental property market taking a hit.
SFA said that plans to concerned about any plans to charge PRSI on share options or investments, saying great progress had been made on the tax treatment of such employee incentives in recent years.
However, SFA said that an increase in the PRSI contribution rate for the self-employed would be welcomed – providing self-employed people were then entitled to the same benefits as everyone else.