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# self-employed - Saturday 6 June, 2020

Opinion: Entrepreneurs with a disability need support to compete - and it's just not there

Award-winning photographer, Eddie Hennessy, says his business gave him self worth but lack of support will shutter it.

# self-employed - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Explainer: Here are the payments you're entitled to if your income is impacted by the coronavirus

The government today announced additional supports.

# self-employed - Friday 28 June, 2019

Government to go ahead with plans for self-employed to access jobseeker's payments

Self-employed people will be able to access €203 a week if they’re out of work.

# self-employed - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

What will Budget 2019 mean for those earning around €50,000?

There will be some modest savings for earners next year.

What Budget 2019 means for someone earning around €20,000

Thanks to changes to the Universal Social Charge, there will be some modest savings next year.

# self-employed - Sunday 28 January, 2018

Claims about bogus self-employment in construction 'grossly exaggerated'

The construction industry’s representative body did acknowledge a reluctance in contractors to directly employ workers and said the government needs to make this more attractive.

# self-employed - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

More than 27,000 fathers have taken paternity leave so far

“We have to take a wider societal view and not think of rearing children as something best done in one’s spare time, preferably by women,” Deirdre Clune said.

# self-employed - Saturday 28 October, 2017

Your PRSI will now let you get a free scale and polish

From today, workers are entitled to a full scale and polish, and if necessary, protracted periodontal treatment.

# self-employed - Thursday 26 October, 2017

Self-employed? Revenue has given you more time to pay your tax bill thanks to Storm Ophelia

Online filers will now get over two weeks extra to pay their taxes.

# self-employed - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

What Budget 2018 means for someone earning around €20,000

Thanks to changes to the Universal Social Charge, there will be some modest savings next year.

# self-employed - Saturday 29 July, 2017

How the illusion of being self-employed leaves thousands of Irish workers unprotected

Millions of euro is lost each year from missed PRSI payments.

# self-employed - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Poll: Should self-employed people be entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Should self-employed people be entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit?

A new survey suggests the self-employed would like more protection.

Self-employed would 'pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return'

Leo Varadkar said that the results of the survey carried out by his department would inform Budget 2018.

# self-employed - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

"Not Brexit-proof" - there's a deal of good news for the self-employed today, but is it enough?

However the earned income tax credit still lags behind the €1,650 automatic deduction available to PAYE workers.

# self-employed - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?

The next budget is gearing up to be pretty generous one. It’s the latest in the pre-election extravaganza…

# self-employed - Saturday 7 February, 2015

'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'

The Small Firms Association wants self-employed people to be allowed make voluntary contributions to PRSI.

# self-employed - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

'Bosses need to be treated equally to - if not better than - employees'

The Small Firms Association wants an end to ‘discrimination’ against the self-employed.

# self-employed - Friday 9 January, 2015

'Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition'

An open letter to the Minister for Social Protection: “I left that office embarrassed, angry, degraded, and a shadow of the educated, confident woman I am meant to be.”

# self-employed - Friday 13 June, 2014

Self-employed contractors are underpaying millions in tax

Audits carried out in the last year showed that the Revenue was underpaid to the tune of €9.3 million.

# self-employed - Sunday 13 April, 2014

Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on

However, funding remains a significant hindrance to many fishermen.

# self-employed - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Self-employed treated like "second-class citizens" in social welfare system - ISME

ISME is calling for self-employed person to have the option of paying a higher rate of PRSI in order to entitled them to the same social welfare payments as their PAYE counterparts.

# self-employed - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

Pay-and-file tax deadline won't change next year, 2015 date could be earlier though

The Government have said it remains their plan to bring forward to date to submit tax returns but it won’t happen until 2015 at the earliest.

# self-employed - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Two-year income tax exemption for unemployed who set up business

The ‘Start Your Own Business Scheme’ will provide a two-year exception on income tax for self-employed people who have been unemployed for 15 months or more.

# self-employed - Friday 6 September, 2013

Woman in home birth case faced with €10,000 legal bill

The High Court decided not to award legal costs against Aja Teehan but today she said her family is trying to raise the funds to pay their own significant legal bill.

# self-employed - Saturday 31 August, 2013

'Restrictive' criteria denying jobseekers access to support schemes

Minister Joan Burton’s department has defended itself against criticisms in a recent report, saying that resources are ‘scarce’ and so the long-term unemployed are prioritised.

# self-employed - Friday 17 May, 2013

McIlroy to set up his own management group

The world No 2 is about to strike out on his own.

# self-employed - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed

The committee heard from the Self Employed Alliance Dundalk who said there has been “unjust, unwarranted discrimination” against self-employed people.

# self-employed - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Self employed tradespeople warned about hiding income has urged construction workers and tradespeople to comply with Revenue obligations as the October tax return deadline approaches.

# self-employed - Friday 24 August, 2012

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”.

# self-employed - 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.

# self-employed - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Report: Hard times for self-employed

A new report says that more and more self-employed people are having difficulties in accessing credit and paying their mortgage and loan payments.

# self-employed - Saturday 27 August, 2011

Column: Self-employed people are the recession’s real victims

Families are on the breadline simply because the government’s policy is unfair, writes Brendan Dempsey.

# self-employed - 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.

# self-employed - Thursday 5 August, 2010

A NEW DIRECTIVE by the European Commission is being introduced this week, which will allow self-employed women to receive state-funded maternity  leave.

The directive will mean that self-employed women can be granted state funded maternity pay. It can also be extended to women who rely on  self-employed partner working in a small business, such as a family farm, as these women have been identified as vulnerable.

Only one in three women in Europe is an entrepreneur, a fact that has been blamed partly on the lack of support given to working mothers.

Currently in Ireland,  self-employed women are required to have 52 weeks PRSI contributions in one tax year before they are allowed to receive maternity pay. A woman in this bracket would then receive 80% of her weekly gross income for that tax year – providing the amount is not more than the maximum payment of €270 per week.

If a woman does not have recorded earnings, she would qualify for the minimum amount: €225.80 per week.

Women are currently entitled to maternity leave in Ireland, however employers are not obliged to pay women who are on maternity leave.

Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, has said that the move will encourage a better balance between work and family life, and encourage more women to become entrepreneurs – which in turn will help to stimulate the economy.

The Irish government now has two years to decide how to fund and implement the standards outlined by the EU.