Budget 2022

Budget 2022

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Budget 2022 – Live

Today, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is announcing a total budgetary package of €4.7 billion, which will be split between expenditure measures worth €4.2 billion, and tax measures worth half a billion euro. But what does it mean for Irish employers? In this article we break-down what Budget 2022 means for you, your business and your employees.


Here are Budget highlights so far:

Minimum Wage

  • National Minimum Wage is set to increase to:
    • €10.50 for Experienced Adult Workers
    • €7.14 for  Workers under 18 
    • €8.16  for  Workers aged 18
    • €9.18 for  Workers aged 19 

Universal Social Charge (USC)

  • USC Exemptions for medical card holders & people aged over-70 earning less than €60,000 will be retained
  • From 1st January, USC will apply at the following rates for those earnings in excess of €13,000. The ceiling of the second USC rate band has increased to €21,295 from €20,687.

Standard Rate cut off Points

  • Standard Rate Cut Off Points have been raised for the following:
    • Single / Widowed Person or Surviving Civil Partner without qualifying children – €36,800
    • Person qualifying for the Single Person Child Carer Tax Credit – €40,800
    • Married Couple or Civil Partnership – One Income – €45,800
    • Married Couple or Civil Partnership – Two Income  – €45,800 & €27,800 (The rate band is capped at the lower of €27,800 or the income of the lower earner. This increase cannot be transferred between spouses / civil partners)

Tax Credits

  • Personal Tax Credit, Employee Tax Credit & Earned Income Tax Credit to increase by €50


  • The BIK exemption which was introduced from 1st January 2018 for electric vehicles provided by an employer to an employee has been extended until 31st of December 2025

Subsidy Schemes

  • The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme is extended in graduated rates until April next year with no change in October and November in Dec, Jan and Feb a two rate structure of €151.50 and €203 will apply.  The scheme will close to new employers from 1 January, 2022
  • The universal NCS subsidy has been extended to all children under the age of 15.

Remote Working Allowances

  • An income tax deduction of 30% of the cost of vouched expenses for heat, electricity and broadband to be made available to remote workers.

Maternity Benefit & Parental Leave

  • Maternity benefit and parental leave payments to be increased by €5
    • Maternity Leave increased to €250
    • Adoptive Leave increased to €250
    • Carer’s Leave increased to €225
    • Parent’s Leave increased to €250
    • Paternity Leave increased to €250

Paycheck Plus’ payroll experts will discuss what these changes mean for employers in our Post Budget Webinar which will take place on the 12th November at 19:30. Clients can register here to book their place.

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