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Budget 2013: what measures kick in today

Child benefit cuts, respite carer grant cuts and motor tax increases.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

BUDGET 2013 WAS announced on 5 December but some of the measures revealed by ministers Michael Noonan  and Brendan Howlin only came into effect today.

Most of the consumer-related changes, such as the tax hike on cigarettes and alcohol, were implemented immediately but these measures kick in from today:

  • PRSI changes (except PRSI changes to ‘unearned income’ which will not come in until 2014);
  • The reduced rate of Universal Social Charge for those over 70 with an income in excess of €60,000 will be discontinued;
  • Child benefit payments will be cut by €10 per child for the first and second child, and by €18 for the third child;
  • The rates of both VRT and Motor Tax across all categories will increase;
  • Capital acquisitions tax increase and threshold reduction;
  • Capital gains tax changes for farm land;
  • The increase in the Prescription levy from 50c to €1.50;
  • Excise duty on the purchase of vehicles;
  • The 19 per cent reduction in respite carer grants;
  • Reduced payment periods for jobseeker benefit claimants.

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