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# Universal Social Charge

This year
The USC is back on the Budget agenda, it has a controversial history
There is debate over whether the tax was to be temporary, but one thing that’s for sure is that it’s not going anywhere.
'Pay discrimination': Bill seeks to give under-20s the same minimum wage as everyone else
PBP TD Paul Murphy said that existing legislation allowing 17-year-olds to be paid as little as €7.91 per hour is ‘perverse and exploitative’.
Last year
Explainer: Was the USC meant to be a temporary measure?
Some politicians’ stances on the tax have changed over the years.
Taoiseach says USC will not be abolished due to increased public expenditure in recent years
Martin said that it would not be abolished due to the rise in public expenditure in recent years.
All time
Explainer: Preliminary 2020 tax bills are now available to all PAYE workers — but how does it all work?
Your final bill can be significantly reduced to zero or even turned into a refund.
Here's what Budget 2018 means for someone earning around €100,000
Changes to the USC and the entry point level mean savings of at least €328 for these workers next year.
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.
Ireland's much-hated tax that just won't go away: The Universal Social Charge
It’s difficult to remember a time when those three letters weren’t on your payslip.
Here’s how much it would cost to get rid of the USC for incomes under €100,000
Finance Minister Michael Noonan said taxpayers are getting a cut in the USC.
Think tank warns Government against prioritising higher earners in the Budget
Single earners above €70,044 would gain €3,145 per annum, more than 4.5 times the gains for a worker on €25,000.
Here's how much it would cost to get rid of the USC for incomes under €80,000
Last night the Labour party said that it will abolish charge on the first €72,000 of individual income.
Fine Gael's promise to scrap the USC is not all it seems
The party has been accused of backtracking on an election pledge before we’ve even voted.
Getting paid today? Michael Noonan has sorted it so you won't pay extra USC
Happy New Year!
Plans to slash the USC are rash and dangerous - here's why
Pre-election commitments to further reduce and abolish the USC make little social or economic sense, Rory Hearne writes.
Here is how much the reduced rate of USC will be worth to Enda and Co next year
The government is expecting USC to bring in around €4 billion.
Enda says the "savage" USC will be abolished*
*If he’s still Taoiseach.
Can we really just abolish the USC?
If re-elected Micheal Noonan has committed the government to phasing out USC as resources allow. Can it be done?
Why hasn't the USC been scrapped yet?
We were told back in 2011 that it was a temporary measure, but €4 billion every year seems to be too difficult to part with.
Here's what's changed with the Universal Social Charge in the Budget
The much-hated USC has been cut.
Here's everything we know about the Budget so far
The announcement is not until tomorrow but details are already emerging.
'Fine Gael don't care too much about ordinary people'
Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath had some strong words for the government today.
An awful lot of you want USC abolished altogether
No surprises there, but how many say we should keep it?
Here's how much a cut in the USC stands to benefit you
The Budget is less than a fortnight away but how would a planned tax cut affect you?
Your USC is being cut, but what else do we know about Budget 2016?
With a month to go, the Budget leaks have begun in earnest.
The hated USC is in line for a significant cut next month
The Finance Minister signalled that universal social charge will be prioritised in the Budget.
Your USC will be cut by at least 1% in the Budget
Michael Noonan made the pledge in an interview with Newstalk this morning
Why low-earners need to continue paying their way in taxes
If you want a functioning State, you’ve got to pay for it – USC might be a horrible tax but we still need it.
Enda reveals plan to cut USC and here's how it could affect your wages
The Taoiseach said the 7 per cent rate of USC will be cut in Budget 2016.
'There's no way USC can be abolished overnight'
The suggestion of more taxes to offset any further reduction in the charge hasn’t been ruled out.
Here's how much it would cost to scrap USC for people who earn less than €60,000
Some people want the controversial charged abolished altogether.
Joan and Enda both agree that USC can't just be abolished overnight
The unpopular tax takes in some €4 billion annually.
Could USC tear the coalition government apart?
Joan Burton thinks that the coalition will last the full term.
SIPTU ask nurses and midwives to reject 50% increase in registration fee
Members are being advised to continue paying the 2014 fee of €100.
Is Sinn Féin really proposing a 73 per cent tax rate?
The opposition party has come under attack for its budget proposals this week.
With 48 days to Budget 2015 Fine Gael and Labour are already drawing their battle lines
Fine Gael is talking tax cuts while Labour is all about wage increases.
Noonan: Fianna Fáil like people who plant a time-bomb and want others to change the timing
The Finance Minister has sought to downplay suggestions that thousands of taxpayers face a hike in USC next year.
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about water restrictions again, unemployment and 48 children who died of thirst.
How much is the Universal Social Charge going to make in 2014?
Hint: Think billions.
Families have seen monthly disposable income drop by €300 since 2008
A family with one parent has also seen its tax bill jump by 125 as a result of austerity policies, according to a new report.
Irish workers will pay €4 billion in Universal Social Charge this year