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# prsi - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Counting the pennies: where your tax money will go in 2013

The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?

The 9 at 9: Thursday

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

PSRI changes will hit employees by €264.16 per year

The Budget will see the abolition of the PRSI-free allowance, meaning all employee income is hit at 4 per cent.

Burton asks for extra €685 million in social protection funding... for 2012

On the day of Budget 2013, Joan Burton asks an Oireachtas committee to approve a 5.1 per cent increase for 2012.

# prsi - Tuesday 4 December, 2012

Readers' Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2013?

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

Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far

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

Almost one third of us are postponing going to the dentist - because of cost

One dentist has warned that we may be returning to the days of extractions and dentures.

# prsi - Sunday 18 November, 2012

Column: We should be supporting our jobless thousands, not punishing them

Our focus should be making Ireland the best small country in the world to be unemployed, says Tom Boland.

# prsi - Friday 16 November, 2012

Statutory sick pay 'could threaten 42 per cent of businesses' - IBEC

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

IBEC demands 'pro-jobs Budget' as forecast for 2013 is lowered

The business group says plans to increase PRSI or make employers cover sick will hamper job creation.

# prsi - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Sinn Féin launches its jobs plan

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

After two months off, TDs return to the Dáil and here's what to expect

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 9 at 9: Friday

The nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

Reform to self-employed PRSI contributions could be "too expensive"

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

Budget 2013: The speculation so far

Lots of speculation but no firm indication of what lies ahead this December. We round up what measures have been in the news and speculated on so far.

# prsi - Thursday 31 May, 2012

Column: 'Self-employed people need a safety net too'

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

Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud

Welfare fraud inspectors will be deployed to all entry and exit points to the country.

# prsi - Friday 2 March, 2012

Exchequer figures show deficit and tax revenue rise

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

Looking for a refund of the PRSI overcharge? Check the rules first

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

More than €10million collected in PRSI overcharge Tax

More than €10million collected in PRSI overcharge

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

Budget 2012: What's already come into effect?

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

Readers' panel: Small business owner

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

Number of PRSI payments to qualify for widow's pension trebled

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

Money from 'sugar tax' should go to dental schemes, say dentists

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

Government accused of hoarding pension levy to skew exchequer figures

Michael McGrath says the government’s pension levy isn’t being used on job creation – but the government disagrees.

# prsi - Monday 18 July, 2011

Column: The ‘jobs initiative’ is wasting millions of euro

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

Revenue audit and investigations yields taxes and penalties of over €100m

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

Budget 2011: Bumper payday for self-employed high earners

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

Budget 2011 brings over 300,000 back into the tax net

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.