Finance Minister Michael Noonan with the Budget documents Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Budget 2013

Budget 2013: What has already come into effect?

The changes to the price of alcohol and tobacco went up at midnight – what about the rest of the measures?

BUDGET 2013 WAS announced yesterday – and some of the measures have already kicked in.

If you’re curious about when the cost of alcohol and tobacco is changed, the news is that the measures regarding these kicked in at midnight. That means that the excise duty on wine increased by €1 and a pint of beer or cider increased by 10 cent, as did a standard measure of spirits.

With tobacco, meanwhile, a packet of 20 cigarettes will now cost you 10 cent more, or if you buy roll-your-own tobacco, expect to pay 50 cent more per packet.

The other Budget measures will kick in from 2013, including:


  • The reduced rate of Universal Social Charge for those over 70 with an income in excess of €60,000 will be discontinued from the 1 of January 2013
  • Child benefit payments will be cut by €10 per child for the first and second child, and by €18 for the third child
  • Social Welfare changes
  • The rates of both VRT and Motor Tax across all categories will increase from the 1 January 2013
  • Capital acquisitions tax increase and threshold reduction
  • Capital gains tax changes for farm land
  • Prescription levy
  • The higher education student contribution goes up by €250, to €2,500 (and will do again each year until 2015)
  • Excise duty on the purchase of vehicles
  • Property Tax will be introduced but won’t begin until 1 July 2013
  • PRSI changes
  • From 1 July 2013, Maternity Benefit will be treated as taxable income but will be exempt from the USC
  • The haulier industry will receive a rebate on diesel with effect from 1 July 2013
  • Carbon tax increases kick in at €10 per tonne from 1 May 2013


  • Unearned income will be subject to PRSI from 2014
  • From 1 January 2014, tax relief on pension contributions will only subsidise pension schemes under €60k per annum
  • Carbon tax increases of €20 per tonne kick in from 2014
  • Child benefit will be cut by €160 to €140 per month for the fourth and subsequent child

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